, Volume 29, Issue 12, pp 1341-1343
Date: 15 Sep 2010

RETRACTED ARTICLE: Vertebroplasty: a point of view on this surgical treatment

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Two randomized controlled trials have shown no significant differences in outcome between vertebroplasty and a sham procedure in patients with back pain and vertebral fracture. What conclusions can be drawn from these results?

In August 2009, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of two randomized controlled trials of vertebroplasty for the treatment of painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures [1, 2]. The findings have generated significant national and international interest both because of a recent dramatic increase in the number of vertebroplasty procedures performed in the US and Europe [3], and because the studies failed to show significant differences in the outcomes of the treatment and control groups.

The study by Buchbinder et al. [1] was performed at four sites in Australia. Of the 468 patients assessed for eligibility, 78 were randomly assigned to receive either vertebroplasty or a sham intervention. The sham procedure involved inserting a needle down to th ...

This article has been retracted due to plagiarism.
An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10067-010-1624-y