, Volume 21, Issue 4 Supplement, pp 445-449,
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Date: 02 Nov 2011

Treatment of an osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture with the StaXx FX system resulting in intrathoracic wafers: a serious complication

Abstract

Purpose

To report a serious complication of the StaXx FX system used to stabilize an osteoporotic vertebral fracture.

Case report

A 76-year-old woman presented with a painful vertebral fracture. Treatment by means of a PEEK wafer kyphoplasty was complicated by malposition of the wafers. The patient recovered fully after removal of the wafers by means of a thoracotomy.

Conclusions

New treatment modalities have their own pitfalls and possible complications, as demonstrated in this case report. Caution regarding implementation of new treatment modalities should be practiced.