Percutaneous vertebroplasty: the radiologist’s point of view

Masala, Salvatore and Mammucari, Matteo and Fucci, Francesco Paolo Maria and Massari , Francesco and Simonetti, Giovanni (2010) Percutaneous vertebroplasty: the radiologist’s point of view. Clinical cases in mineral and bone metabolism, 7 (1). pp. 39-44. ISSN 1971-3266

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Introduction: Vertebral compression fractures (VCFs), usually caused by osteoporosis, is a disabling pathology associated with back pain, low quality of life and high costs. We report a retrospective study of 852 patients who underwent Percutaneous Vertebroplasty (PVP) in our department, for treatment of refractory back pain caused by osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Objectives: To evaluate the safety and the helpfulness of the PVP in vertebral osteoporotic fractures treatment and, particularly on durable pain reduction, mobility improvement and analgesic drugs need. Materials and Methods: Follow-up analysis was made through a questionnaire filled by the patients before and after PVP (1-6 months), designed to measure pain, ambulation capacity, ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) and analgesic drugs administration. Results: A statistically significant difference between visual analogue scale (VAS) values before and after treatment has been observed. No difference between VAS values were observed at 1 and 6 months post-treatment period. The treated vertebrae number did not influence post-treatment VAS values during all the follow-up. Ambulation capacity and the ability to perform ADL have been improved following PVP. Patients also reported significant reduction in administration of medications after PVP. Conclusions: PVP is a safe and useful procedure in painful osteoporotic VCFs treatment, able to reduce pain, improve patients mobility and decrease analgesic drugs need

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Osteoporosis, vertebral compression fractures, percutaneuos vertebroplasty
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 611 Anatomia; Citologia; Istologia umana > 611.7 Sistema muscoloscheletrico, tegumento
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2014 16:55
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2014 16:55

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