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Earlier death more likely for older fracture victims

Older people who have a low-trauma fracture are more likely to die within five to 10 years than the general population, says a Australian study.

The study analysed the mortality rates for patients admitted to one hospital for a low trauma fracture from between 1989 and 2007.

They found patients had a 41% increased risk of mortality five years following their first low trauma fracture, compared with the general population, and this increased to 91% and 200% in men following a second subsequent fracture.

JAMA 2009;301:513-21

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