Spontaneous insufficiency fractures of long bones in institutionalized elderly patients

Dmitry Manevich, Shai Brill, Avital Hershkovitz*

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Aim: We report 3 cases of spontaneous insufficiency fracture of long bones, to promote awareness of this phenomenon to medical personnel dealing with long-term bedridden patients. Methods: Cases were analyzed in the light of a literature review. Results: Our patients were all women, who were severely debilitated and had been bedridden for prolonged periods of time. In all cases, conflicts arose between the patient's family and medical personnel. Conclusions: Spontaneous insufficiency fractures are rare, and occur mainly in the institutionalized elderly with a prolonged history of immobility. Caregivers should be made aware of this possible complication, as they are aware of bedsores, infections and organ failure, which may arise due to patients' debilitated condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Elderly
  • Long-term care
  • Osteopenia
  • Spontaneous insufficiency fractures


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