Carpal and scaphoid fracture incidence in south-eastern Australia: an epidemiologic study

Holloway, Kara L., Moloney, David J., Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L, Kotowicz, Mark A., Bucki-Smith, Gosia, Morse, Amelia G., Timney, Elizabeth N., Dobbins, Amelia G., Hyde, Natalie K. and Pasco, Julie A. 2015, Carpal and scaphoid fracture incidence in south-eastern Australia: an epidemiologic study, Archives of Osteoporosis, vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1007/s11657-015-0215-6.

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Title Carpal and scaphoid fracture incidence in south-eastern Australia: an epidemiologic study
Author(s) Holloway, Kara L.ORCID iD for Holloway, Kara L.
Moloney, David J.
Brennan-Olsen, Sharon L
Kotowicz, Mark A.ORCID iD for Kotowicz, Mark A.
Bucki-Smith, Gosia
Morse, Amelia G.ORCID iD for Morse, Amelia G.
Timney, Elizabeth N.
Dobbins, Amelia G.
Hyde, Natalie K.
Pasco, Julie A.ORCID iD for Pasco, Julie A.
Journal name Archives of Osteoporosis
Volume number 10
Issue number 10
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Publisher Springer
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2015-04-25
ISSN 1862-3514
Summary UNLABELLED: Carpal fractures were identified by the Geelong Osteoporosis Study Fracture Grid for 2006-2007. Incidence rates were higher in males than females. Males had a lower median age of fracture than females. Females had more fractures on the left side than males. Most fractures were the result of a fall. PURPOSE: In this study, we report the incidence of carpal bone fractures (scaphoid and non-scaphoid) amongst residents from the Barwon Statistical Division over 2 years. METHODS: X-ray reports from imaging centres in the region were used to identify incident fractures during 2006 and 2007. Data were collected as part of the Geelong Osteoporosis Study Fracture Grid. RESULTS: During 2006 and 2007, there were 171 and 41 carpal fractures in males and females, respectively. Of these, 131 males and 29 females had fractured the scaphoid bone. Females had a higher proportion of left-sided fractures (>70 %) than males (∼40 %). Most fractures were the result of an accidental fall (>87 %). Patterns of incidence for males showed one major peak around 20-29 years. For females, peaks occurred around age 10-19 years and 70-79 years. Incidence rates for males (per 100,000 persons per year) were 54.6 (95 % confidence interval (CI) 53.6, 55.7) and 15.9 (95 % CI 15.4, 16.5) for scaphoid and non-scaphoid fractures, respectively. In females, the corresponding rates were 10.6 (95 % CI 10.2, 11.1) and 4.5 (95 % CI 4.2, 4.8). CONCLUSION: Almost all fractures were the result of a fall. In males, carpal fractures were sustained mainly during early adulthood and in females during adolescence and after menopause. Incidence rates for males were higher than those in females for both scaphoid and non-scaphoid fractures.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11657-015-0215-6
Field of Research 110314 Orthopaedics
Socio Economic Objective 920116 Skeletal System and Disorders (incl. Arthritis)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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