Atypical femoral fractures (AFF) have low union rates. The use of teriparatide has been advocated for the post-operative healing of AFF, but the evidence is limited to case reports and some series due to its low incidence.
We present a case series of four female patients to support the use of teriparatide after the surgical fixation of their AFF. Three of the patients had a complete AFF and one had an incomplete fracture. Their mean age was 70 (52 - 87) years, mean body mass index 24.6 (18.3 - 29.3), mean bone mineral density T-score of -2.3 (-4.8/-1.0), with a prior history of anti-resorptive therapy with bisphosphonates and denosumab.
Teriparatide was started at an average of 8 (2-18) days postfixation, with 20mcg daily for six months. Immediate full weight-bearing was permitted in three patients, while one was non-weight bearing for two months. The mean time to union was 12 (10 - 14) weeks. No side effects were observed over a mean follow-up of 58 (50 – 72) weeks.
The use of teriparatide facilitated the quick union of AFF after surgical fixation. It appeared to be safe and promoted fracture healing in AFF.
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