Fragility fracture

Fragility fractures are those that are the result of forces that would not fracture a normal bone. They can occur in the context of very low energy (i.e. minimal) trauma, or they may be no identifiable preceding trauma. There is overlap between fragility fractures and insufficiency fractures.

Pathology

Fragility fractures occur in bones that have reduced compressive and/or torsional strength 1, and occur especially in the context of osteoporosis.

Location

Common sites include 2:

  • lumbosacral spine
  • distal radius
  • hip
  • proximal humerus
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rID: 43382
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Fragility fractures

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