While percutaneous vertebroplasty is shown to be an effective, minimially invasive treatment for compression fractures, often subsequent fracture can be a problem. What is the likelihood of subsequent fracture?
Authors of a recent study reviewed available literature and found that subsequent vertebral fracture happens twelve to 52 percent of the time.
Y. Ahn et al. Predictive factors for subsequent vertebral fracture after percutaneous vertebroplasty. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. August 2008. Volume 9. Number 2. Pp. 129-136.
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