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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2010;47(4): 278-281.
doi: https://doi.org/10.3340/jkns.2010.47.4.278
The Retrial of Percutaneous Vertebroplasty for the Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fracture.
Han Woong Kim, Austin Kwon, Min Cheol Lee, Jae Wook Song, Sang Kyu Kim, In Hwan Kim
Department of Neurosurgery, Gwangju Saewoori Spine Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. rhohw@hanmail.net
For the treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture, percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) is currently widely used as an effective and relatively safe procedure. However, some patients do not experience pain relief after PVP. We performed several additional PVP procedures in those patients who did not have any improvement of pain after their initial PVP and we obtained good results. Our purpose is to demonstrate the effective results of an additional PVP procedure at the same previously treated level.
We reviewed the medical records and the radiologic data of the PVP procedures that were performed at our hospital from November 2005 to May 2008 to determine the patients who had undergone additional PVP. We identified ten patients and we measured the clinical outcomes according to the visual analogue scale (VAS) score and the radiologic parameters, including the anterior body height and the kyphotic angulation.
The mean volume of polymethylmethacrylate injected into each vertebrae was 4.3 mL (range: 2-8 mL). The mean VAS score was reduced from 8 to 2.32. The anterior body height was increased from 1.7 cm to 2.32 cm. The kyphotic angulation was restored from 10.14 degrees to 2.32 degrees. There were no complications noted.
The clinical and radiologic outcomes suggest that additional PVP is effective for relieving pain and restoring the vertebral body in patients who have unrelieved pain after their initial PVP. Our study demonstrates that additional PVP performed at the previously-treated vertebral levels could provide therapeutic benefit.
Key Words: Percutaneous vertebroplasty; Vertebral compression fracture; Unrelieved pain
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