Mortality Following Periprosthetic Proximal Femoral Fractures Versus Native Hip Fractures

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The number of periprosthetic proximal femoral fractures is expected to increase with the increasing prevalence of hip arthroplasties. While native hip fractures have a well-known association with mortality, there are currently limited data on this outcome among the subset of patients with periprosthetic proximal femoral fractures.


Using the New York Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System, we identified patients from 60 to 99 years old who were admitted to a hospital in the state with a periprosthetic proximal femoral fracture (n = 1,655) or a native hip (femoral neck or intertrochanteric) fracture (n = 97,231) between 2006 and 2014. Within the periprosthetic fracture cohort, the indication for the existing implant was not available in the data set. We used mixed-effects regression models to compare mortality at 1 and 6 months and 1 year for periprosthetic compared with native hip fractures.


The risk of mortality for patients who sustained a periprosthetic proximal femoral fracture was no different from that for patients who sustained a native hip fracture at 1 month after injury (3.2% versus 4.6%; odds ratio [OR], 0.90; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.68 to 1.19; p = 0.446), but was lower at 6 months (3.8% versus 6.5%; OR, 0.74; 95% CI, 0.57 to 0.95; p = 0.020) and 1 year (9.7% versus 15.9%; OR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.60 to 0.85; p < 0.001). Among periprosthetic proximal femoral fractures, factors associated with a significantly increased risk of mortality at 1 year included advanced age, male sex, and higher Deyo comorbidity scores.


In the acute phase, any type of hip fracture appears to confer a similar risk of death. Over the long term, however, periprosthetic proximal femoral fractures are associated with lower mortality rates than native hip fractures, even after accounting for age and comorbidities.

Level of Evidence:

Prognostic Level III. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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