Humeral fragility fractures in a tertiary referral hospital. Clinical and epidemiological characteristics

The humeral fragility fracture is an important consequence of osteoporosis. It constitutes 5% of all osteoporotic fractures and is the third most frequent non-vertebral fracture in individuals over 60 years of age after hip fractures and those of the distal radius [1]. Compared with the general population, patients with a proximal humeral fracture present a higher mortality rate in the first year, the risk being five times higher during the first month after the fracture [2].

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