Delayed appearance of hip fractures in citizens of Bergen born in the countryside compared to cityborn.

Published online: Mar 27 1998

B F Iversen, P F Iversen, and N Levi.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Aker Hospital, University of Oslo, Norway.


Of a total of 1735 consecutive patients admitted to Engen Hospital in Bergen, 299 had sustained a hip fracture. A distinction was made according to sex, and according to whether the patients were born in the city of Bergen or in the surrounding rural areas. At the time of fracture, the countryborn had lived on average 51 years in Bergen. A delay in fracture appearance of approximately 3 years in the countryborn relative to the cityborn was found.