Osteoporos Sarcopenia.  2017 Dec;3(4):192-194. 10.1016/j.afos.2017.11.005.

Is osteoporosis a risk factor for ankle fracture?: Comparison of bone mineral density between ankle fracture and control groups

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea. yjh89331@mjh.or.kr


OBJECTIVES: There remains controversy over osteoporotic feature of the ankle. Therefore, we investigated the possibility of the existence of a relationship between axial bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with ankle fracture group with that of the normal population in Korea under control of other confounding factors such as body mass index (BMI).
This study retrospectively reviewed medical records of patients who were treated in our institution from 2005 to 2015. A comparative analysis was carried out between 116 patients with ankle fracture (ankle fracture group) and 113 patients admitted with other orthopedic reasons (control group). Sex, age, energy level of trauma, and BMI were analyzed as variables affecting axial BMD.
Age and sex of ankle fracture group were not different from them of control group (P = 0.968 and P = 0.870, respectively). BMI of ankle fracture group was higher than that of control (P = 0.029). The other variables showed no differences between the 2 groups. The energy level of trauma in ankle fracture group was related to only BMI (P = 0.013).
Axial BMD of ankle fracture patients showed no difference from that of a control group in Korean population. The occurrence of ankle fracture is affected by only BMI rather than axial BMD. Evaluation of osteoporosis for patients with ankle fracture should be considered separately.


Ankle fractures; Bone density; Osteoporosis; Body mass index
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