Epidemiology and treatment of proximal femoral fractures in the elderly U.S. population. Scientific reports Walter, N., Szymski, D., Kurtz, S. M., Lowenberg, D. W., Alt, V., Lau, E. C., Rupp, M. 2023; 13 (1): 12734


Proximal femoral fractures are a serious complication, especially for elderly patients. Detailed epidemiological analyzes provide a valuable resource for stakeholders in the health care system in order to foresee future development possibly influenceable by adaption of therapeutic procedures and prevention strategies. This work aimed at answering the following research questions: (1) What are the incidence rates of proximal femoral fractures in the elderly U.S. population? (2) What is the preferred treatment procedure for these fractures? Proximal femoral fractures occurred between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2019 in patients?=?65 years were identified from the Medicare Physician Service Records Data Base. The 5% sample of Medicare beneficiaries, equivalent to the records from approximately 2.5 million enrollees formed the basis of this study. Fractures were grouped into head/neck, intertrochanteric, and subtrochanteric fractures. The overall incidence rate, age and sex specific incidence rates as well as incidence rate ratios were calculated. Common Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes were used to identify procedures and operations. In 2019, a total number of 7982 femoral head/neck fractures was recorded. In comparison to 9588 cases in 2009, the incidence substantially decreased by 26.6% from 666.7/100,000 inhabitants to 489.3/100,000 inhabitants (z?=??-?5.197, p?

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