oa Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes in South Africa - Recommendations for the acute and long-term medical management of low-trauma hip fractures : review article

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9677
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1009



Hip fractures are the most serious complication of osteoporosis and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Generally, patients who sustain osteoporotic hip fractures are older adults who have a number of comorbid diseases which predispose them to perioperative complications, disability and death. Furthermore, patients who survive a hip fracture are at higher risk of a subsequent fracture. The morbidity and mortality of hip fractures can be substantially reduced by a structured multidisciplinary approach to pre- and postoperative management. This review will focus on the epidemiology of hip fractures, predictors of mortality and the acute and long-term management of hip fractures.

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