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Surg Technol Int. 2019 May 15;34:421-424.

Bilateral Femoral Neck Fractures in a Middle-Aged Female After a Low-Energy Fall.

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1
Department of Orthopedics, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2
Department of Orthopedics, Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
3
Department of Orthopedics, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program Chairman Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Bilateral hip fractures after low-energy mechanism are a rare phenomenon. Most published case reports include presentations of bilateral hip fractures in the elderly with low-energy mechanism. There is no report, to our knowledge, that illustrates this rare occurrence in middle-aged individuals after a low-energy fall from standing height.

CASE PRESENTATION:

We present a case of a 50-year-old female with history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) who presented to our institution with bilateral valgus-impacted femoral neck fractures after a mechanical fall from standing height. The patient underwent successful in-situ percutaneous screw placement in bilateral hips.

CONCLUSION:

Although patient age is an obvious risk factor, middle-aged individuals with a medical history affecting bone mineral content may also be prone to bilateral insufficiency fractures. Individuals complaining of joint pain (with a history of conditions including renal failure, obesity, endocrinopathies, etc.) should have advanced imaging, if screening plain radiographs are negative, in an effort to identify occult fractures.

PMID:
30574681
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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