New article in Plos One
Sarcopenia is a relevant prognostic marker after hip fractures! A recent publication by the Bergen Research Group in Geriatric Medicine revealed that sarcopenia is possible to measure in acute hip fractures patients
A recent article published by Ole Martin Steihaug in Plos One investigated whether sarcopenia is common in patient with hip fractures. Furthermore, the association between sarcopenia and old age, multimorbidity and undernutrition were assessed. An estimate of the individuals muscle mass was obtained by measuring the upper arm circumference and subcutaneous tissue, grip strength and gait. Sarcopenia was found in 37% of the population and was associated with increasing age, several comorbid conditions or undernutrition. Males with hip fractures had a higher incidence of reduced muscle mass.
A question for further studies is if the observed reduction in muscle mass in older males could explain why males have a reduced prognosis for obtaining normal functional status after hip fractures as compared to females. The authors conclude that sarcopenia is possible to measure after hip fractures, is common and associated with malnutrition and multimorbidity. This strengthens the hypothesis that sarcopenia might be a relevant prognostic marker after hip fractures.