Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: Despite the importance of hip fractures, very few studies have assessed their epidemiological characteristics in Turkey. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency and demography of hip fractures from the recent data of a central training and research hospital. Materials and methods: In this descriptive study, we identified hip fracture cases between 2009 and 2013. The age, sex, region, injury pattern, and calendar year for all patients were evaluated. Results: Among the 687 patients (488 women, 199 men) described in our clinic's records, 122, 131, 144, 138, and 154 patients applied with hip fractures from the years 2009 to 2013, respectively. The mean ages of the women and men were 74.8 and 68.5 years, respectively. There were 220 patients who had femoral neck fracture (32%), 419 who had intertrochanteric fracture (61%), and 48 who had subtrochanteric fracture (7%). Conclusion: The female geriatric population may have an increasing and distinct hip fracture risk, mainly in the trochanteric region. Furthermore, recent studies that show variations in the frequency and demography of hip fractures highlight the importance of meticulous recording of patients' information. A nationwide survey of different categories of hospitals and various geographic regions of Turkey is also needed to inform effective prevention strategies.


Hip fracture, epidemiology, osteoporosis

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