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01.12.2018 | Original Article | Ausgabe 1/2018

Archives of Osteoporosis 1/2018

Are we treating osteoporotic fractures of the hip adequately? A Middle Eastern cohort study

Archives of Osteoporosis > Ausgabe 1/2018
K. Venugopal Menon, Huda Hamed Salim Al Harthy, Khalid Shafi Khalid Al Habsi, Hind Abdullah Hamed Al Ruzaiqi



Fragility hip fractures treated in a center in the Middle East were retrospectively studied for adequacy of osteoporosis management. Of the 318 patients treated, over 70% did not have a structured investigation and about 30% did not receive any therapeutic supplements. Our series showed a preventable 8.8% secondary fracture rate.


To study the adequacy of evaluation and treatment of osteoporosis after fragility fractures of the hip. The study also attempts to estimate the prevalence of secondary fractures after the original injury.


This is a retrospective evaluation of the electronic database to search all the admissions for fractures of the hip in patients over 50 years at a tertiary care Trauma and Orthopaedic center in the Sultanate of Oman. The study period was defined as October 2010 to December 2015. Their case records, BMD reports, and laboratory data were analyzed. Pharmacological interventions and the documented compliance with such therapy were also recorded.


Over the study period, 318 fragility fractures of the hip were treated. Of these, 233 (73.3%) did not receive a DEXA scan and 94% did not have their vitamin D3 (vit D) tested. About 29.9% percent cases did not receive any nutritional supplement or therapeutic intervention though diagnosed as fragility fracture. Twenty-eight patients (8.8%) reported for secondary fractures of the hip. Of these, 86% was initiated on supplement after their index fracture though 78.6% had not had a BMD study.


Less than 27% patients receive BMD test following fragility fracture of the hip and only 6% a vit D3 assay. Secondary fractures of the hip tend to occur in approximately 9% of the cases in Oman; this seems to occur equally in patients who have had as well as not had any calcium and vit D supplements after the index injury.

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