Letter to the Editor: Is There Really No Benefit of Vertebroplasty for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures? A Meta-analysis
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To the Editor
We read with interest the article by Shi et al.  published in your journal that addresses the controversial topic of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) using meta-analysis of selected literature. The authors’ conclusion  appears to contradict Recommendation 8 of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) “Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on the Treatment of Symptomatic Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fractures” . We would like to address the differences between their analysis and that done by the AAOS CPG Workgroup.
Although the meta-analysis process was similar in both reviews, some methodologic aspects differ. AAOS established a priori content based inclusion and exclusion criteria for study selection . It is unclear how Shi et al. determined which articles to include. The AAOS Workgroup excluded three studies that they included [1, 4, 8] for poor study design description and for not being the best available evidence. A study is not the best available ...
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