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Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 9–14

Topical Collection on Geriatric Orthopedics


Purpose of ReviewTreatment of osteoporotic and neuropathic ankle fractures in the elderly is challenging. The purpose of this paper is to review recent publications on this topic and to identify the optimal treatment for these fractures.

Recent FindingsTreatment consists of a variety of conservative or operative options all with advantages and disadvantages as described in this review. Little research has been published that specifically focuses on elderly patients with ankle fractures. Operative treatment has a high complication rate. Multiple comorbidities are predictors for complications.

SummaryAn optimal treatment could not be distilled but based on the available literature, a general treatment algorithm is proposed. Since the elderly typically are accompanied by multiple comorbidities as well as impaired mobility, the physician should focus not only on treating the fractured ankle but also on the patient as a whole. Further research on this specific topic is needed.

KeywordsAnkle fracture Elderly Osteoporosis Neuropathy Multidisciplinary This article is part of the Topical Collection on Geriatric Orthopedics

Author: P Hoogervorst - CJA Van Bergen - MPJ Van den Bekerom


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