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Complications

  • Hervé Deramond
  • Jacques E. Dion
  • Jacques Chiras

Abstract

Over the past few years, the percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) procedure has become increasingly popular throughout the United States and Europe, and its use is now experiencing explosive growth. A plethora of abbreviated technical or “handson” courses are now available, and many operating physicians with little or no experience are beginning to treat patients. Indeed, complications that were never seen in the early stages of the development of PV are now being reported; most of these complications are, in fact, preventable. The first essentials are a thorough knowledge of spinal anatomy, image-guided localization, and patient selection criteria. Then, to minimize complications as much as possible, a high-quality fluoroscopy system must be used during the procedure, and the physician must have familiarity with PV tools and cements and adhere to strict sterile technique.

Keywords

Spinal Cord Compression Cement Leak Percutaneous Vertebroplasty Spinal Infection Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fracture 
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  • Hervé Deramond
  • Jacques E. Dion
  • Jacques Chiras

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