Managing Atrophic Nonunion in the Geriatric Population: Incidence, Distribution, and Causes

Bryon Hobby, Mark A Lee

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Osteoporosis is a systemic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is estimated that 50% of women and approximately 20% of men more than 50 years of age will sustain a fragility fracture. The cause of nonunion in patients with osteoporosis is likely multifactorial, and includes age-related changes in fracture repair as well as challenges in achieving stable internal fixation. This article discusses fracture healing in patients with osteoporosis and the principles of fixation. Pharmacotherapy for the patient with osteoporosis is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-256
Number of pages6
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013



  • Etiology
  • Incidence
  • Nonunion
  • Osteoporosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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