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Barton Fracture of the Distal Radius in Pregnancy and Lactation-Associated Osteoporosis: A Case Report and Literature Review

Authors Wang G, Bai X

Received 31 August 2020

Accepted for publication 15 October 2020

Published 6 November 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 1043—1049

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S278536

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Gang Wang, Xiaodong Bai

Department of Orthopedics, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, People’s Republic of China

Correspondence: Xiaodong Bai
Department of Orthopedics, Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, People’s Republic of China
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Objective: Pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis (PLO) is very rare, which typically occurs during the third trimester or during lactation. Many cases of PLO are associated with vertebral compression fractures or hip fractures, while distal radius fractures in patients with PLO are rarely reported.
Case Report: A 36-year-old patient presented with Barton fracture at 37 weeks of gestation. Temporary closed reduction and plaster external fixation were performed in emergency room. At 38 weeks of gestation, she gave birth to a healthy boy and began breastfeeding after delivery. Three days after delivery, the patient was admitted to the orthopedic ward for surgery and was diagnosed as PLO. The patient underwent open reduction and internal fixation and treated with weaning and supplementation of calcium carbonate and vitamin D. During the 1-year follow-up period, the results of laboratory tests and bone mineral density gradually returned to normal.
Conclusion: Clinicians should be alert to the possibility of PLO to avoid missed diagnosis. Accurate diagnosis and individualized treatment are of great significance for relieving pain and functional recovery of patients.

Keywords: pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis, PLO, Barton fracture, bone mineral density, BMD, calcium, vitamin D, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DEXA

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