CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 39, Issue 10, pp 1455–1463 | Cite as

Percutaneous Image-Guided Screw Fixation of Bone Lesions in Cancer Patients: Double-Centre Analysis of Outcomes including Local Evolution of the Treated Focus

  • Roberto Luigi Cazzato
  • Guillaume Koch
  • Xavier Buy
  • Nitin Ramamurthy
  • Georgia Tsoumakidou
  • Jean Caudrelier
  • Vittorio Catena
  • Julien Garnon
  • Jean Palussiere
  • Afshin Gangi
Clinical Investigation



To review outcomes and local evolution of treated lesions following percutaneous image-guided screw fixation (PIGSF) of pathological/insufficiency fractures (PF/InF) and impeding fractures (ImF) in cancer patients at two tertiary centres.

Materials and methods

Thirty-two consecutive patients (mean age 67.5 years; range 33–86 years) with a range of tumours and prognoses underwent PIGSF for non/minimally displaced PF/InF and ImF. Screws were placed under CT/fluoroscopy or cone-beam CT guidance, with or without cementoplasty. Clinical outcomes were assessed using a simple 4-point scale (1 = worse; 2 = stable; 3 = improved; 4 = significantly improved). Local evolution was reviewed on most recent follow-up imaging. Technical success, complications, and overall survival were evaluated.


Thirty-six lesions were treated with 74 screws mainly in the pelvis and femoral neck (58.2 %); including 47.2 % PF, 13.9 % InF, and 38.9 % ImF. Cementoplasty was performed in 63.9 % of the cases. Technical success was 91.6 %. Hospital stay was ≤3 days; 87.1 % of lesions were improved at 1-month follow-up; three major complications (early screw-impingement radiculopathy; accelerated coxarthrosis; late coxofemoral septic arthritis) and one minor complication were observed. Unfavourable local evolution at imaging occurred in 3/24 lesions (12.5 %) at mean 8.7-month follow-up, including poor consolidation (one case) and screw loosening (two cases, at least 1 symptomatic). There were no cases of secondary fractures.


PIGSF is feasible for a wide range of oncologic patients, offering good short-term efficacy, acceptable complication rates, and rapid recovery. Unfavourable local evolution at imaging may be relatively frequent, and requires close clinico-radiological surveillance.


Bone Fractures Screw fixation 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

Roberto Luigi Cazzato, Guillaume Koch, Xavier Buy, Nitin Ramamurthy, Georgia Tsoumakidou, Jean Caudrelier, Vittorio Catena, Julien Garnon, Jean Palussiere and Afshin Gangi have no conflict of interest to disclose.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study formal consent is not required.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Luigi Cazzato
    • 1
  • Guillaume Koch
    • 1
  • Xavier Buy
    • 2
  • Nitin Ramamurthy
    • 3
  • Georgia Tsoumakidou
    • 1
  • Jean Caudrelier
    • 1
  • Vittorio Catena
    • 2
  • Julien Garnon
    • 1
  • Jean Palussiere
    • 2
  • Afshin Gangi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Interventional Radiology, Nouvel Hôpital CivilHôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, HUSStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyInstitut BergoniéBordeauxFrance
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyNorfolk and Norwich University HospitalNorwichUK

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