In a previous study we were able to show that in women over the age of 45 the level of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D) in bone, but not in serum, is significantly reduced when compared with younger women. In the present study we measured the concentration of 1,25(OH)2D in sera and bones of 19 female patients with subcapital fractures of the femur, mean age 78±2 years. We were able to show that serum levels of 1,25(OH)2D were within the normal range, while bone levels were markedly reduced compared to levels in femoral bone obtained from young female cadavers or to the previously reported levels in non-osteoporotic elderly women. Thus, reduced levels of 1,25(OH)2D in bones of elderly women may lead, together with other factors, to subcapital fractures.
- Femoral Fracture
- Vitamin D