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Abstract

Fragility Fractures What Changes in the Era of the COVID 19

The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have a significant impact on the lives of people who are at risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporotic patients are elderly subjects and affected by various comorbidities, with a generally complex clinical framework. They often occur a fracture after a minor energy trauma with a high rate of disability and mortality. In the emergency phase, there were emerging difficulties and critical issues in reorganizing and guaranteeing the routes to which these patients were accustomed. The aim of our work is to focus attention on the importance of continuity in the management of osteoporosis in the emergency COVID-19 lockdown phase. Awareness that a lot of osteoporotic patients felt neglected or abandoned in this period should motivate medical care to improve the prevention of the fracture and its multidisciplinary management when it occurs. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly had and will continue to have a significant impact on the management of a chronic condition such as osteoporosis and the social distancing and restrictive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus may further aggravate this condition. Based on these considerations, new strategies should be implemented in the management and treatment of osteoporosis due to social distancing to be able to guarantee continuity of care in prevention of the fractures, surgical treatment, and appropriate health care after discharge.


Author(s):

Tarantino U, Cariati I and Piccirilli E



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