Kyphoplasty: A new opportunity for rehabilitation of neurologic disabilities

Salvatore Masala, Domenicantonio Tropepi, Roberto Fiori, Roberta Semprini, Alessandro Martorana, Francesco Massari, Giorgio Bernardi, Giovanni Simonetti

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Using percutaneous kyphoplasty, we treated a patient with a diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome who complained of an unremitting pain in the spine, refractory to the conventional medical therapy, elicited by pressure over the spinous process, and in absence of neurologic deficits. The method provided swift midline back pain relief associated with an evident augmentation in the stability and in the vertebral body's height. The injection of polymethylmethacrylate was effective and safe, no cement leakages were observed, and no complications such as pulmonary embolism, toxicity, or infection were observed. Due to the rapid pain relief, a rehabilitation program was promptly undertaken with a good improvement of the disability score (FIM™ scale score). Kyphoplasty is a new method for treatment of vertebral collapses consequent to osteoporosis, aggressive hemangiomas, myelomas, and metastases, and it may aid in rehabilitation of the underlying systemic neurologic disorder if the pain is interfering with those therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)810-812
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Guillain-Barrè Syndrome
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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