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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2019 June;70(2):86-90

DOI: 10.23736/S0394-3410.19.03915-8

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The use of percutaneous vertebral augmentation systems in osteoporotic fractures of thoracolumbar spine

Massimo GIRARDO 1, Alessandro RAVA 2 , Alessandro APRATO 2, Alessandro MASSÈ 2, Federico FUSINI 2

1 Unit of Spine Surgery, Orthopedic and Trauma Center, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Città della Salute e della Scienza, Turin, Italy; 2 Orthopedic and Trauma Center, Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Città della Salute e della Scienza, University of Turin, Turin, Italy



Elderly population is growing decades by decades and vertebral osteoporotic fractures have a high impact on quality of life and rates of mortality. In the literature, many conservative and surgical treatments have been described, and recently, percutaneous vertebral augmentation (PVA) devices have been proposed in order to tackle the increasing need for fast recovery and pain relief in elderly. In this review, we evaluate the current literature about the characteristics of these new generation devices evaluating indications, contraindication, limits and complications related to their use.


KEY WORDS: Frail elderly; Aged; Spinal fractures; Polymethyl methacrylate

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