Clinical outcomes of sacroplasty for metastatic sacral tumours: a systematic review and meta-analysis


Study design

A systematic review and meta-analysis.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome and safety of sacroplasty for patients with secondary metastatic lesions to the sacrum.


Several databases, including the Cochrane library, PubMed and EMBASE, were systematically searched to identify potentially eligible articles in English language. All the above databases were searched until December 2019. The search strategy was based on the combination of the following keywords: sacroplasty AND secondary tumours OR metastasis OR metastases. The reference list of the selected literature was also reviewed and a standard PRISMA template utilised.


From a total of 102 articles initially identified, a final seven studies were identified as meeting the inclusion criteria. A total of 107 patients from these studies were included. The follow-up ranged from immediate post-operatively to 30.5 months. The mean preoperative VAS was 8.38 (range 6.9–9.3), which improved significantly to 3.01 (range 1.12–4.7) post-operatively (p < 0.001). The most frequent complication reported was cement leakage, which occurred in 26 patients (25.4%), but without any neurological or other adverse sequelae.


Sacroplasty in the management of secondary sacral tumours is a safe procedure that can achieve a significant reduction in pain, as quantified by VAS scores, and low complication rate.

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Tarawneh, A.M., Sabou, S., AlKalbani, S. et al. Clinical outcomes of sacroplasty for metastatic sacral tumours: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur Spine J (2020).

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  • Sacroplasty
  • Cement augmentation
  • Sacral metastases
  • Secondary tumours