Journal article

Vertebral fractures following stereotactic body radiotherapy for spine metastases

Hussein Abbouchie, Michael Chao, Mark Tacey, Daryl Lim Joon, Huong Ho, Mario Guerrieri, Michael Ng, Farshad Foroudi

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIATION ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Stereotactic body radiotherapy has emerged as one of the preferred treatments for patients with spine metastases, with the potential for long-term control from lesion irradiation. Post-treatment vertebral compression fractures are a known complication of this therapy, contributing to worsening pain and reduced quality of life, sometimes requiring surgical intervention. This review explores the current knowledge of post-radiotherapy fractures, in terms of the rates and associated predictive factors. A search of databases including Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library was conducted using keywords such as 'vertebral compression fracture', 'stereotactic body radiotherapy' and 'spine metastas..

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