Do atypical femoral fractures in patients with prolonged alendronate treatment heal?

Atik O. S. , ÖZTÜRK A. M. , Kunat C., Cetinkaya M., Kaptan Y.

EKLEM HASTALIKLARI VE CERRAHISI-JOINT DISEASES AND RELATED SURGERY, vol.25, no.1, pp.52-55, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Osteoporosis, which is a major health problem, may have an adverse impact on the economic status of the society and the quality of the life of the patients. Long-term alendronate use may cause an increased susceptibility to fractures with an increased risk of delayed union. In this article, we describe two patients on long-term alendronate therapy which were treated for atypical femoral fractures healed with surgical treatment plus calcium, vitamin D support, and alendronate discontinuation.