06/26/2009 - News

Are You At Risk For Another Bone Fracture?

By: June Chen, MD


Earlier in the week, we reported on osteoporosis in men. Now, here's some news about osteoporosis in women. Among post-menopausal women, wrist fractures are the most common type of fracture.

According to a study published in a recent issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, the risk of subsequent fracture in the 10 years following a wrist fracture is much lower than that following other types of osteoporosis-related fractures.

Investigators from the University of Western Ontario and University of Manitoba in Canada studied 21,432 women aged 45 years and older who were referred for bone mineral density (BMD) testing. Of these women, 2,652 (or, 12.4%) had experienced a fracture of some kind prior to BMD testing. Wrist fractures account for nearly half of these fractures. The investigators looked at the risk for recurrent fracture in the 10 years following the initial bone fracture and found that wrist fractures were not associated with an increased risk for subsequent hip fracture or any other type of fracture.

Although wrist fracture is not a predictor of future hip fracture, women who have had a wrist fracture are still at a substantially higher risk of subsequent fracture than women who have never experienced an osteoporosis-related bone fracture.

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(20):2251-2267

Created on: 11/21/2008
Reviewed on: 06/26/2009

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