Percutaneous vertebroplasty: Indications, contraindications, technique, and complications

G. Guglielmi, C. Andreula, M. Muto, L. A. Gilula

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Percutaneous vertebroplasty is emerging as one of the most promising new interventional procedures for relieving (or reducing) painful vertebra, with the injection of surgical polymethylmethacrylate or cement into vertebral bodies. This imaged-guided technique, originally used to treat vertebral hemangioma, has recently been extended to the treatment of metastases, osteoporotic compression fractures, and vertebral myeloma. It is increasingly being accepted as a main treatment of choice in the management of resistant back pain due to vertebral compression fractures, especially in the elderly individual who is not a candidate for surgery. In this article, we review indications, contraindications, technique, and complications of percutaneous vertebroplasty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-268
Number of pages13
JournalActa Radiologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2005


  • Fractures
  • Interventional
  • Metastases
  • Osteoporosis
  • Percutaneous vertebroplasty
  • Procedures
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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