Management of Osteoporotic and Neuropathic Ankle Fractures in the Elderly

P. Hoogervorst, Cja Van Bergen, Mpj Van den Bekerom

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Treatment of osteoporotic and neuropathic ankle fractures in the elderly is challenging. The purpose of this paper is to review recent publications on this topic and to identify the optimal treatment for these fractures. Recent Findings: Treatment consists of a variety of conservative or operative options all with advantages and disadvantages as described in this review. Little research has been published that specifically focuses on elderly patients with ankle fractures. Operative treatment has a high complication rate. Multiple comorbidities are predictors for complications. Summary: An optimal treatment could not be distilled but based on the available literature, a general treatment algorithm is proposed. Since the elderly typically are accompanied by multiple comorbidities as well as impaired mobility, the physician should focus not only on treating the fractured ankle but also on the patient as a whole. Further research on this specific topic is needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Geriatrics Reports
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Ankle fracture
  • Elderly
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoporosis

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