Vertebroplasty for painful acute osteoporotic vertebral fractures

Recent Medical Journal of Australia editorial is not relevant to the patient group that we treat with vertebroplasty

William A. Clark, Terrence H. Diamond, H. Patrick McNeil, Peter N. Gonski, Glen P. Schlaphoff, John C. Rouse

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Abstract

• We use vertebroplasty for patients with the most severe pain caused by osteoporotic vertebral fractures less than 6 weeks old, and have observed dramatic pain relief in this acute setting. • A recent editorial in the Journal, written by the authors of two recent vertebroplasty trials, suggested that vertebroplasty is not an effective therapy for acute osteoporotic vertebral fractures. • The trials described in the editorial sampled a very different patient cohort to the one that we treat with vertebroplasty. • Our clinical experience and most of the published literature relating to the benefits of vertebroplasty are in striking contrast to the opinions presented in that editorial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-337
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume192
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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