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Int Orthop. 2007 Oct;31(5):665-9. Epub 2006 Oct 11.

Incidence of hip fracture in southeastern Norway: a study of 1,730 cervical and trochanteric fractures.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Østfold Hospital, Postboks 16, N-1603, Fredrikstad, Norway.


The incidence of hip fracture has been studied extensively, but there is still some doubt whether the age-specific incidence is increasing. The proportion of trochanteric fractures has varied and has also been said to be increasing. We studied data on 1,730 prospectively registered cases from 1998-2003 and computed age- and gender-specific incidence rates for intracapsular and trochanteric fractures. The incidence of hip fracture for women over 50 years was 1,263 and for men 452 per 100,000. The proportion of trochanteric fractures was 38% for women and 41% for men. There was no significant difference in the proportion of trochanteric fractures either between or within the genders, and the proportion did not exceed 50% in any age group. These findings confirm the high incidence of hip fracture in Norway but do not indicate any increase. The proportion of trochanteric fractures also seems to be stable.

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