Primary biliary cirrhosis is associated with falls and significant fall related injury

Source: Quarterly Journal of Medicine 103 (3), 153 – 161.

Follow this link for the abstract

Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: Journal

In a nutshell: This study conducted by researchers at Newcastle University sought to establish the prevalence of falls in patients with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) and associated risk factors. The outcome of the study showed that 72% of patients with PBC experienced a fall with 55% falling within the past 12 months. Postural dizziness, balance and lower limb strength was significantly worse among this group.

Addressing these factors using a multidisciplinary approach could help to reduce the incidence of falls among patients with PBC.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS library.

Acknowledgement: Scientists discover liver disease link to elderly falls, 27 Feb 2010, JournalLive.co.uk

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