Percutaneous Long Bone Cementoplasty for Palliation of Malignant Lesions of the Limbs: A Systematic Review

Roberto Luigi Cazzato, Jean Palussière, Xavier Buy, Vincenzo Denaro, Daniele Santini, Giuseppe Tonini, Rosario Francesco Grasso, Bruno Beomonte Zobel, Dario Poretti, Vittorio Pedicini, Luca Balzarini, Ezio Lanza

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Purpose: Percutaneous cementoplasty (PC) is rarely applied to long bone tumours, since cement is not considered to be sufficiently resistant to torsional forces. We reviewed the literature to understand the effects of percutaneous long bone cementoplasty (PLBC) in terms of analgesia, limb function and complications. Materials and Methods: This study followed the Cochrane’s guidelines for systematic reviews of interventions. Inclusion criteria were (1) prospective/retrospective studies concerning PC; (2) cohort including at least ten patients; (3) at least one patient in the cohort undergoing PLBC; (5) published in English; (6) results not published by the same author more than once. Results: One thousand five hundred and ninety-eight articles were screened and 13 matched the inclusion criteria covering 196 PLBC patients. Pain improvement was high in 68.2 % patients (σ = 0.2) and mild in 27.4 % (σ = 0.2). Functional improvement was high in 71.9 % patients (σ = 0.1) and mild in 6 % (σ = 0.1). Use of PLBC correlated with pain reduction (P 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1572
Number of pages10
JournalCardioVascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Long bone
  • Pathological fracture
  • Percutaneous cementoplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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