Table 3.

Distribution of all fractures and fragility fractures among 349 men following their initial diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), by fracture site and proximate cause, compared with an equal number of age-matched non-RA men, from Olmsted County, Minnesota.

All MenMen ≥ 50 YrsMen < 50 Yrs
Fracture SiteAll Fractures, n (%)Fragility Fractures*, n (%)All Fractures, n (%)Fragility Fractures*, n (%)All Fractures, n (%)Fragility Fractures*, n (%)
RANon-RARANon-RARANon-RARANon-RARANon-RARANon-RA
Skull/face4 (2)2 (1)1 (1)0 (0)2 (1)0 (0)1 (1)0 (0)2 (3)2 (4)0 (0)0 (0)
Hands/fingers9 (4)16 (11)2 (1)4 (4)5 (3)10 (11)2 (1)4 (5)4 (7)6 (11)0 (0)0 (0)
Distal forearm7 (3)10 (7)2 (1)5 (5)6 (3)4 (4)2 (1)4 (5)1 (2)6 (11)0 (0)1 (4)
Proximal humerus9 (4)2 (1)7 (4)2 (2)9 (5)2 (2)7 (5)2 (3)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)
Other arm5 (2)1 (1)3 (2)1 (1)5 (3)1 (1)3 (2)1 (1)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)0 (0)
Clavicle/scapula/sternum8 (3)7 (5)1 (1)2 (2)4 (2)3 (3)0 (0)2 (3)4 (7)4 (7)1 (2)0 (0)
Ribs51 (21)28 (19)38 (21)18 (19)40 (21)21 (23)29 (21)15 (20)11 (18)7 (12)9 (20)3 (13)
Thoracic/lumbar vertebrae98 (40)51 (34)91 (50)45 (46)72 (39)32 (34)67 (49)30 (41)26 (43)19 (34)24 (53)15 (65)
Cervical vertebrae5 (2)2 (1)2 (1)1 (1)4 (2)2 (2)1 (1)1 (1)1 (2)0 (0)1 (2)0 (0)
Pelvis8 (3)2 (1)5 (3)1 (1)6 (3)1 (1)4 (3)1 (1)2 (3)1 (2)1 (2)0 (0)
Proximal femur15 (6)5 (3)14 (8)4 (4)12 (6)4 (4)11 (8)4 (5)3 (5)1 (2)3 (7)0 (0)
Other leg20 (8)14 (9)12 (7)10 (10)14 (7)8 (9)7 (5)7 (9)6 (10)6 (11)5 (11)3 (13)
Feet/toes9 (4)9 (6)4 (2)4 (4)8 (4)5 (5)3 (2)3 (4)1 (2)4 (7)1 (2)1 (4)
All sites24814918297187931377461564523
  • * Excludes severe trauma and pathologic fracture.