Journal article

Humeral Fractures in South-Eastern Australia: Epidemiology and Risk Factors

Kara L Holloway, Gosia Bucki-Smith, Amelia G Morse, Sharon L Brennan-Olsen, Mark A Kotowicz, David J Moloney, Kerrie M Sanders, Sam Korn, Elizabeth N Timney, Amelia G Dobbins, Julie A Pasco



In this study, we report the epidemiology and risk factors for humeral fractures (proximal humerus and shaft) among men and women residing in south-eastern Australia. Incident fractures during 2006 and 2007 were identified using X-ray reports (Geelong Osteoporosis Study Fracture Grid). Risk factors were identified using data from case-control studies conducted as part of the Geelong Osteoporosis Study. Median age of fracture was lower in males than females for proximal humerus (33.0 vs 71.2 years), but not for humeral shaft (8.9 vs 8.5 years). For females, proximal humerus fractures occurred mainly in the 70-79 and 80+ years age groups, whereas humeral shaft fractures followed a U-shaped pat..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia (Project 628582), the Geelong Regional Medical Foundation, Arthritis Foundation of Australia, Perpetual Trustees, and Amgen Europe (GmBH); however, the funding bodies played no part in the design or conduct of the study, the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data, nor in the preparation or review of the manuscript. Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen is supported by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2016).