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Table 3 Distribution of surgical intervention for pathologic fractures of an identifiable location in Taiwan, 2008 (valid n = 3003)

From: Treatment incidence of and medical utilization for hospitalized subjects with pathologic fractures in Taiwan-Survey of the 2008 National Health Insurance data

  Pathologic Fx of Humerus
(n= 154)
Pathologic Fx of Distal Radius/Ulna
(n= 18)
Pathologic Fx of Vertebrae
(n= 2424)
PathologicFx of Neck of Femur
(n= 254)
Pathologic Fx of Other Part of Femur
(n= 128)
Pathologic Fx of Tibia and Fibula
(n= 25)
  n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%) n(%)
Bony surgery performed?       
Yes 48 (31.2%) 8 (44.4%) 273 (11.3%) 118 (46.5%) 62 (48.4%) 13 (52.0%)
No 106 (69.8%) 10 (55.6%) 2151 (88.7%) 136 (53.5%) 66 (51.6%) 12 (48.0%)
Bony surgery strategy:       
   1. Instrument fixation 41 8   58 52 13
   2. Spine fusion    91*
164**
   
   3. Prosthesis 3 0   51 5 0
   4. Excision, biopsy 39 6 98 46 38 9
   5. Bone-grafting, bone plastic surgery 6 5 28 9 11 4
  1. *anterior fusion procedures
  2. **posterior-lateral fusion procedures
  3. Note-There were no statistically significant differences between genders, for bony surgery rates, tested separately for each fracture category.