Korean Journal of Bone Metabolism(대한골대사학회지), Vol.18(2) : 137~141, 2011
Korean Journal of Bone Metabolism(대한골대사학회지)
Fracture healing is the ongoing process but it is often delayed in elderly patients. Because the fractures in elderly patients with osteoporosis are severely comminuted and their quality of bone is poor, the associated delay of fracture healing is likely to lead to surgical failure. Recently, as a way to promote healing fractures, intermittent systemic parathyroid hormone treatment has been actively researched. Although the effect of parathyroid hormone, which is demonstrated by animal experiments, is well known, there are not many clinical applications. The authors report 2 cases which had the time-shortened callus formation by intermittent parathyroid hormone (teriparatide) administration after surgical treatment, maximum preservation of periosteum as possible, in elderly patients who have supracondylar fracture on distal femur.