Epidemiology of hip and wrist fractures in Cameroon, Africa

Osteoporosis and fragility fractures are believed to be uncommon in Africa

Roger Martin Djoumessi Zebaze

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • Osteoporosis and fragility fractures are believed to be uncommon in Africa
  • We documented all patients aged 35 years and older admitted to the two main urban hospitals in Cameroon following a diagnosis of fracture during 2 years
  • Among 513 patients sustaining fractures, 13.5% of all fractures in women occurred at the hip, 4.7% at the forearm, and 81.8% at other sites
  • Of the hip and wrist fractures occurring in women, 80.0% were low energy trauma fractures due to falls, 8.6% were high-energy trauma fractures, and 11.4% were undefined
  • The low incidence of fragility fractures is confirmed and is likely to be, in part, the result of reduced longevity as only 1.1% of women and 0.7% of men survive beyond 65 years of age

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