Protective effect of female gender against bone loss in the forearm following clean-cut tendon injuries, repair, and passive mobilization

Ertem K. , Kekilli E. , Karakoc Y., Yologlu S. , Ceylan F.

JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL METABOLISM, cilt.24, ss.401-404, 2006 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 24 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2006
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00774-006-0700-5
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.401-404


The aim of this study was to investigate whether there is any significant difference in bone loss between female and male patients as a result of early passive mobilization after surgery for acute tendon-artery-nerve clean-cut injuries at the wrist level. A total of 51 patients who underwent such operations were enrolled in this study. Group I consisted of 40 male patients (mean age 30.2 +/- 9.1 years, age range 15-44 years) and group II consisted of 11 female patients (mean age 24.1 +/- 9.9 years, age range 14-43 years); postmenopausal women were not included in this group. Twenty-one patients in group I and six patients in group II were operated on for clean-cut tendon injury combined with nerve injury, artery injuries, or both. Bone mineral density (BMD) measurements of injuired forearms were obtained at 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 12 months after operation. The BMD of the radius and ulna did not change significantly throughout the follow-up period in group II (P > 0.05). In group I, BMD values were reduced significantly in the distal regions of the ulna and in the ultradistal region of the radius at the follow-up measurements when compared to the values at week 1 and the reduction was higher in month 3 than at other times. On the other hand, after 12 months, the BMD values of the ultra-distal region of the ulna and radius were higher than those after 3 months. In conclusion, our results showed that there is considerable bone loss of the radius and ulna in patients operated on for acute clean-cut tendon injuries on the volar side of the wrist at postoperative month 3 in male patients. These bone losses were recovered after 12 months. Additionally, female patients are less likely to experience immobilization-induced bone loss than male patients.