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The incidence of obesity has increased significantly worldwide. Our hypothesis was that patients with obesity have a more severe distal radius fracture and we realized a study to evaluate this correlation between obesity and severity of distal radius fractures caused by low-energy injuries.
Materials and methods
A total of 114 patients with distal radius fracture were examined in a cross-sectional, observational study. Fractures were classified according to the international AO-Müller/Orthopedic Trauma Association (AO/OTA) classification in order to determine the severity. The patient's body mass index (BMI) was calculated and a Pearson correlation was performed.
The patients were predominantly female, and left side was more frequently affected. Most of the fractures were AO/OTA type A (71 patients). The majority of the involved patients in our study were overweighed or obese. We do not observe a direct correlation between grade of obesity and distal radius fracture severity.
Based on the results of this study obesity and severity of distal radius fractures do not correlate.
Level of evidence
Prognostic. Level IV. Case series.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Obesity, Distal radius fracture, Severity fracture
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