Depressed osteoblast activity and increased osteocyte necrosis after closed bone fracture and hemorrhagic shock

Matthias W. Wichmann, Steven P. Arnoczky, Catherine M. DeMaso, Alfred Ayala, Irshad H. Chaudry

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Background: Although bone fracture and hemorrhagic shock are frequent complications in trauma patients, it remains unknown whether hemorrhagic shock after bone fracture produces any deleterious effects on osteoblast function and osteocyte necrosis. Methods: Sham-operation, closed bone fracture (right tibia) with and without hemorrhagic shock (mean arterial blood pressure 35 ± 5 mm Hg for 90 minutes followed by fluid resuscitation) were induced in 18 male C3H/HeN mice (25 g body weight). At 72 hours after the experiment, all animals were killed, whole blood was obtained by cardiac puncture, and plasma assayed for circulating levels of osteocalcin. Results: Plasma osteocalcin levels were found to be significantly depressed after closed bone fracture in conjunction with hemorrhagic shock. Closed bone fracture alone increased plasma osteocalcin. Histologic analysis of the fracture sites revealed that hemorrhagic shock after closed bone fracture significantly increased osteocyte necrosis adjacent to the fracture site, when compared to animals with closed bone fracture alone. Conclusions: These findings suggest that severe hemorrhage after closed hone fracture depresses osteoblast activity and increases osteocyte necrosis, which should compromise fracture healing under those conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-633
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Closed bone fracture
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Osteoblast function
  • Osteocalcin
  • Osteocyte necrosis


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