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Vertebroplasty in the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures: patient selection and perspectives

Authors Martikos K, Greggi T, Vommaro F, Boriani L, Scarale A, Zarantonello P, Carbone G, Stallone S, Zucchini R

Received 8 January 2019

Accepted for publication 14 June 2019

Published 3 July 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 157—161


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Chuan-Ju Liu

Konstantinos Martikos, Tiziana Greggi, Francesco Vommaro, Luca Boriani, Antonio Scarale, Paola Zarantonello, Giuseppe Carbone, Stefano Stallone, Riccardo Zucchini

Spine Deformities Surgery Division, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna 40136, Italy

Abstract: Osteoporotic vertebral fractures represent a constantly increasing pathology that may compromise life quality and general health. Among various treatment options, percutaneous vertebroplasty has been used widely over the past 20 years. Although there is a vast amount of retrospective reports in the literature, high-level evidence has emerged only recently. In this paper, the authors provide a synopsis of the current literature on the efficacy and safety of percutaneous vertebroplasty while also presenting a step-by-step description of the surgical procedure, focusing on details that may help in optimizing quality and safety.

Keywords: percutaneous vertebroplasty, vertebral compression fractures, osteoporosis, PMMA

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