Diagnosis and treatment of bisphosphonate-induced atypical femoral fractures

    loading  Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid

Abstract

Atypical femoral fractures, deformities of the subtrochanteric region of the femur identified with plain anteroposterior or lateral lower extremity radiographs and characterized by a specific fracture pattern, are uncommon manifestations in osteoporotic patients. However, the high prevalence of these fractures in patients receiving long-term bisphosphonate therapy led to the many investigations of this association. The purpose of this article is to evaluate and address the link between this fracture type with long-term bisphosphonate therapy, outline the clinical scenario and better define treatment options for optimal care and recovery. In order to do this, a PubMed search was carried out for significant articles using the following keywords: ‘alendronate’, ‘fracture’, ‘atypical’ and ‘femur’.

Related Topics

    loading  Loading Related Articles