Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 134, Issue 2, pp 173–179 | Cite as

Pregnancy-associated osteoporosis with eight fractures in the vertebral column treated with kyphoplasty and bracing: a case report

  • J. BonackerEmail author
  • M. Janousek
  • M. Kröber
Orthopaedic Surgery


Pregnancy-associated osteoporosis is a rare condition, which imposes multiple symptoms in the musculoskeletal system. Common complaints announced by patients are severe pain in the lower back, hips and the joints of the lower extremities with a reduced and less mobility status in general. Most of the patients’ problems occur in the last trimester of pregnancy or postpartum and are often not diagnosed as side effects of osteoporosis but as problems associated with pregnancy. Although vertebral fractures are rare complications of pregnancy-associated osteoporosis, they should be always considered in women presenting with an acute pain syndrome in peripregnancy period. This case presents a 40-year-old primagravid woman who developed pain in hips and severe pain in the lower back causing an immobilization diagnosed with a pregnancy-associated osteoporosis with eight compression fractures in the thoracic and lumbar spine. Because of sagittal imbalance of the spine, she was treated with kyphoplasty at the four lumbar fractures and with bracing for the upper, thoracic ones, additional to the conservative anti-osteoporotic therapy. The authors discuss pregnancy-associated osteoporosis and its clinical presentation, as well as the indications of kyphoplasty, spinal alignment and the risk of single conservative treatment.


Pregnancy-associated osteoporosis Kyphoplasty Spine fractures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RostockRostockGermany
  2. 2.Department for RheumatologyHirslanden St Anne HospitalLucerneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department for Traumatology, Orthopedic Surgery and Spine SurgeryAsklepios Hospital AltonaHamburgGermany

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