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Age Related Incidence and Early Outcomes of Hip Fractures: A Prospective Cohort Study of 1177 patients

Anand Pillai2, Vivek Eranki2*, Ravikiran Shenoy1 and Mahar Hadidi1

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1 Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Wishaw General Hospital, Lanarkshire UK

2 Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, South Australia, Australia

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Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 2011, 6:5  doi:10.1186/1749-799X-6-5

Published: 24 January 2011



Associated with the increase in the aging population, there is an increase in the incidence of hip fractures worldwide. Outcome following such fractures is affected by age of the patient. This study aims to assess the incidence and early outcome of hip fractures, comparing between different age groups.


Data of hip fractures collected over a period of five years was analysed. Patients were divided into three groups, group A (patients under the age of 64), group B (patients between 65 and 84 years of age), and group C (patients over the age of 85).


Of the 1177 patients included in the study, there were 90 patients in group A, 702 patients in group B and 385 patients in group C. There was a female preponderance across all age groups, and this increased as age advanced (p < 0.0001). A significantly larger number of older patients lived alone and needed aids to walk before the injury (p < 0.0001). There was no significant difference in the type of fracture across the three groups (p = 0.13). A higher proportion of the elderly with intracapsular fractures were treated by replacement arthroplasty. Older patients who had internal fixation of intracapsular fractures had a better walking ability at 4 months. The overall deterioration in mobility was greater in older patients (p < 0.0001). Mortality was higher in older patients.


Hip fractures are more common among females irrespective of age group. Older patients have a higher mortality and a greater deterioration of walking ability after such injuries. Internal fixation of intracapsular fractures have demonstrated satisfactory early outcome in the immediate period. This could be attributed to retention of native bone, better propioception and shorter operation time.