Saskia Craine MB ChB*, Rangaswamy Benamanahally MBBS

Objective: Pregnancy and lactation-associated osteoporosis (PLO) is a rare disease which occurs in the third trimester of pregnancy and/or during the lactation period. Many cases of PLO are associated with hip fractures and/or vertebral compression fractures, while distal radius fractures are rarely reported.
Case Report: A 30-year-old patient presented with a Buckle fracture four months post-partum of her second pregnancy. She was managed conservatively. She was reviewed during her first and second pregnancy by both the orthopaedic and rheumatology for PLO.
Conclusion: Doctors and patients will benefit from having more awareness of PLO to avoid missed diagnosis in pregnant women suffering from low back/hip pain and fractures caused by micro trauma. Accurate diagnosis and individualised treatment will aid in optimised pain relief and functional recovery.

Keywords: pregnancy and lactation associated osteoporosis, PLO, Buckle fracture

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