Journal article

Efficacy and safety of vertebroplasty for treatment of painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures: a randomised controlled trial [ACTRN012605000079640]

Rachelle Buchbinder, Richard H Osborne, Peter R Ebeling, John D Wark, Peter Mitchell, Chris J Wriedt, Lainie Wengier, David Connell, Stephen E Graves, Margaret P Staples, Bridie Murphy

BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Vertebroplasty is a promising but as yet unproven treatment for painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures. It involves radiographic-guided injection of various types of bone cement directly into the vertebral fracture site. Uncontrolled studies and two controlled quasi-experimental before-after studies comparing volunteers who were offered treatment to those who refused it, have suggested an early benefit including rapid pain relief and improved function. Conversely, several uncontrolled studies and one of the controlled before-after studies have also suggested that vertebroplasty may increase the risk of subsequent vertebral fractures, particularly in vertebrae adjacent to treate..

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