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State of Fragility Fractures Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Clinical Sciences and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, “Policlinico Tor Vergata” Foundation, Viale Oxford 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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PhD Students’ Program in Medical-Surgical and Biotechnologies and Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Department of System Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Center of Space BioMedicine, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, “Tor Vergata” University of Rome, Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7732; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217732
Received: 17 September 2020 / Revised: 12 October 2020 / Accepted: 21 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Prevention, Diagnosis, Therapy and Follow Up)
Osteoporosis is a public health concern all over the world. As a chronic condition, it generally requires prolonged medical interventions to limit the risks of further bone loss, impaired skeletal integrity and the onset of fractures. This problem is further complicated by the fact that the abrupt cessation of some therapies may be associated with an increased risk of harm. It is in this context that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption to the provision of healthcare worldwide, exceeding our worst expectations in terms of the number of lives lost and the rapidity at which consolidated economies and healthcare systems are being significantly damaged. In this review, we assessed the challenges and strategies used in the management of osteoporosis and fragility fracture care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also examined the available evidence and provided clinical recommendations that will require reassessment as the worldwide response to COVID-19 evolves. View Full-Text
Keywords: osteoporosis; COVID-19; fragility fractures; healthcare; aging; pulmonary infection; pandemic osteoporosis; COVID-19; fragility fractures; healthcare; aging; pulmonary infection; pandemic
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Tarantino, U.; Cariati, I.; Tancredi, V.; Casamassima, D.; Piccirilli, E.; Iundusi, R.; Gasbarra, E. State of Fragility Fractures Management during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7732.

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