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Bilateral subtrochanteric femur insufficiency fractures after bariatric surgery: a case report

  • C. NypaverEmail author
  • J. Bernstein
  • S. Mehta
Case Report

Abstract

There have been case reports of proximal femur insufficiency fractures in patients who have previously undergone bariatric surgery. We present a follow-up case of a patient who developed bilateral complete proximal femur insufficiency fractures several years after bariatric surgery. Our patient underwent bilateral intramedullary fixation with a satisfactory postoperative outcome. We review and discuss the definition and pathogenesis of atypical femur fractures (AFFs), which may represent a larger category of insufficiency fractures not exclusive to bisphosphonate use, which includes patients with fractures after bariatric surgery.

Keywords

Atypical femur fractures Bariatric surgery Insufficiency fractures Malabsorption 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryHospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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