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Vertebroplasty in Elderly Patients: A Clinical Effectiveness Analysis

  • Michelangelo Nasuto
  • Michele Falcone
  • Vincenzo Strizzi
  • Lucia Florio
  • Walter Lauriola
  • Giovanni Ciccarese
  • Giuseppe Guglielmi
  • Francesco Florio
Geriatrics (G Guglielmi, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Geriatrics


Purpose of Review

Minimally invasive vertebral augmentation procedures (VAP) have been first introduced to provide pain relief in patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures (VF). However, in the last decade scientific literature revealed to be quite controversial about their efficacy. The aim of this review was to analyze clinical evidences from current literature, supported by our own experience.

Recent Findings

Compared to conservative therapies, VAP represent an effective treatment for recent VF and, in elderly patients, reduce mortality and morbidity. Advances in technology have widened the fields of application towards other spine pathologies typical of elderly, such as primary and metastatic tumors.


In patients with severe pain for recent or un-healed vertebral fracture, VAP are clinically more effective than conservative treatment. Accurate pain assessment and pre-procedural Magnetic Resonance Imaging are highly recommended to obtain optimal patient selection and best treatment results.


Percutaneous vertebroplasty Kyphoplasty Vertebral augmentation procedures Vertebral fractures Mini-invasive treatment Aging spine Vertebral fractures management 


Compliance with Ethical Guidelines

Conflict of interest

Michelangelo Nasuto, Michele Falcone, Vincenzo Strizzi, Lucia Florio, Walter Lauriola, Giovanni Ciccarese, and Francesco Florio each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Recently published papers of particular interest have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelangelo Nasuto
    • 1
  • Michele Falcone
    • 1
  • Vincenzo Strizzi
    • 1
  • Lucia Florio
    • 2
  • Walter Lauriola
    • 1
  • Giovanni Ciccarese
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Guglielmi
    • 3
    • 4
  • Francesco Florio
    • 1
  1. 1.Interventional Radiology Unit, Department of Cardiovascular DiseaseIRCCS Hospital “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”San Giovanni RotondoItaly
  2. 2.Neurology Unit, Department of Medical SciencesIRCCS Hospital “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”San Giovanni RotondoItaly
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyScientific Institute Hospital “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza”San Giovanni RotondoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Clinical and Experimental MedicineFoggia University School of MedicineFoggiaItaly

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