Introduction: Distal Radius Fractures (DRF) and Hip Fractures are considered as fragility fractures. The purpose of this study was to assess whether DRF precedes hip fracture or not. This retrospective analysis was carried out in a group of patients who sustained bilateral non contemporary hip fractures.

Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of radiographs and notes of all the patients requiring surgery for bilateral neck of femur fractures, from January 1994 to June 2005 at a district general hospital. Data included ages at the first and second fractures, mechanisms of injury, types of fracture and implants used. Time interval between the two fractures was also noted.

These were analyzed for presence of any Distal Radius Fractures (DRF) prior to first admission for hip fracture and time period between first and second admission. It was also analyzed whether a DRF was sustained between these two episodes.

Results: Ninety five patients had bilateral neck of femur fractures during the study period with an average age of 76 years at the first fracture. There were eighty-three females and twelve males. The time interval between bilateral non contemporary hip fracture was 2.5 years.

Out of these ninety five patients a small minority of patients had a DRF preceding their first hip fracture. Those sustaining DRF prior to their second hip fracture was also studied and statistical methods were employed to predict the presence of DRF prior to hip fractures

Conclusion: This study shows that there is no correlation between sustaining two fragility fractures i.e DRF & Hip Fracture and DRF may not necessarily precede a Hip Fracture.


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