Do We need to include osteoporosis in today's classification of distal radius fractures?

Mark Kettler, Volker Kuhn, Matthias Schieker, Charles P. Melone

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Abstract

Although the correlation between decreased bone mineral density and increased incidence of distal radius fractures is widely acknowledged, the effect of osteoporosis on specific fracture types is seldom addressed. No classification system has been established for clinical use that has been validated for osteoporotic fractures or that includes parameters of the bone density or bone quality. So far, only one experimental study could report a clear correlation between bone properties and fracture patterns, and an additional clinical study assesses bone density in relation to displacement in Colles fractures. Further studies are needed to analyze the intra- and interobserver reproducibility of more simplified but nonetheless comprehensive classification systems that recognize the impact of osteoporosis on distal radius fracture and that specifically incorporate bone mineral density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S79-82
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Volume22
Issue number8 Suppl
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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