Paper| Volume 23, ISSUE 5, P295-296, 1992

Do elderly patients with hip pain following trauma require hospital admission?

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      A series of 123 elderly patients (mean age 77.8 years) were identifed who presented to the accident and emergency department following trauma, who complained of hip pain but had a ‘normal’ hip radiograph. These patients were followed up by a scrutiny of hospital admissions, 'phone contact with their general practitioner or nursing home or postal questionnaire. At the time of review, which ranged from 3 to 12 months, 13 patients had died. Of the remaining patients, five had sustained a fracture but only three had sustained a hip fracture. Of patients reviewed, 20 per cent had been admitted to hospital with other problems. Hip pain following trauma may be a better predictor of morbidity and mortality than of an occult hip fracture.
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