Unusual Presentation of Infected Vertebroplasty with Delayed Cement Dislodgment in an Immunocompromised Patient: Case Report and Review of Literature

  • Wei-Che Lin
  • Chen-Hsiang Lee
  • Shih-Hao Chen
  • Chun-Chung Lui
Case Report


Percutaneous vertebroplasty has been established as a safe and effective treatment for compression fractures of osteoporotic vertebrae. Complications of vertebroplasty, such as infection or anterior cement extrusion, are rare. Herein, we report an unusual presentation in an immunocompromised patient with an insidious infection of the disk. This infection resulted in dislodgment of the cement inferiorly and a compression fracture of the adjacent vertebra 6 months after vertebroplasty. We discuss the significance of this case and compare it with 7 others found in the literature.


Cement Complication Infected spondylitis Polymethylmethacrylate Vertebroplasty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei-Che Lin
    • 1
  • Chen-Hsiang Lee
    • 2
  • Shih-Hao Chen
    • 3
  • Chun-Chung Lui
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyChang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of MedicineKaohsiungTaiwan
  2. 2.Division of Infectious Disease Chang Gung Memorial HospitalKaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of MedicineKaohsiungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of Orthopedics Chang Gung Memorial HospitalKaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of MedicineKaohsiungTaiwan

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