Vertebroplasty involves injection of bone cement into a vertebral fracture by an interventional radiologist. It may be considered in a patient with an osteoporotic fracture if certain criteria are met.


Indications for considering vertebroplasty - all of the following:

(1) severe symptoms (pain and/or disability)

(2) reasonable attempt at medical management

(3) exclusion of other diagnoses (osteomyelitis, cancer, etc)

(4) vertebral body height >= 33% of original height

(5) vertebral body NOT significantly destroyed

(6) no allergy to the bone cement


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