October 21, 2015
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Cement-augmented and percutaneous instrumentation can provide effective treatment

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According to the results of a recently published study, cement-augmented short-segment percutaneous posterolateral instrumentation for tumor-associated vertebral compression fractures was a safe and efficacious procedure.

Researchers conducted a retrospective analysis on 44 consecutive patients who underwent cement-augmented percutaneous spinal fixation for unstable tumors between 2011 and 2014. They collected data on outcomes such as VAS pain scores and complications.

Before the procedure, 86% of patients reported severe pain. The median Spinal Instability Neoplastic Scale score among these patients was 10. Postoperatively, the proportion of patients with severe pain declined to 0%.

Also, 65% of patients reports no instability pain after the procedure. Complications were limited in the patients and there was no neurological deterioration.

Researchers concluded kyphoplasty alone is not enough to provide adequate stabilization, but cement-augmented short-segment percutaneous posterolateral instrumentation can provide proper stabilization and effective pain relief. – by Robert Linnehan

Disclosures: Moussazadeh reports no relevant financial disclosures. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.