, Volume 53, Issue 1 Supplement, pp 203-205
Date: 24 Aug 2011


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Pain reduction and stabilization is of primary importance in patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Many patients heal with conservative treatment consisting of rest or activity modification, analgesics, and bracing. For those patients with severe recalcitrant pain, percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are alternative treatment options for the management of severe pain.

Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) literary means augmentation of the vertebral body through the skin. Since its introduction in 1984 by Galibert and Deramond, percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) has been progressively performed with success in mainly France and from the early nineteen nineties in the United States of America. The first treated cases were aggressive haemangioma’s of the cervical spine (1). During the next couple of years gradually the other treatment indications were introduced: primary and secondary malignant vertebral tumors, posttraumatic vertebral fractures, vertebral osteonecr ...