Nutritional deficiency in hip joint arthroplasty

Shooter, David, Weinrauch, Patrick C., Sharma, Dinesh, & Whitehouse, Sarah (2008) Nutritional deficiency in hip joint arthroplasty. In Australian Orthopaedic Association Queensland Branch Meeting, 6 - 9 June 2008, Noosa, Australia.


Nutritional depletion is relatively common amongst patients sustaining fragility fractures of the proximal femur and is particularly significant in patients requiring arthroplasty for intracapsular fractures. A retrospective audit of 489 patients managed with unipolar monoblock hemiarthroplasty for intracapsular hip fractures was conducted in order to evaluate preoperative biochemical screening tests for malnutrition by correlation to early postoperative complications. Serum albumin concentration was found to be the best predictor for postoperative medical complications. Surgical site complications demonstrated no correlation to any of the preoperative biochemical parameters of nutritional status evaluated. In patients requiring joint hemiarthroplasty for intracapsular hip fractures we recommend formal nutritional assessment if the preoperative serum albumin is less than 34g/dL, particularly if preoperative respiratory disease is present.

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ID Code: 13923
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Hip, Fracture, Nutrition, Arthroplasty, Hemiarthroplasty
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Orthopaedics (110314)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Jul 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:23

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