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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2015 February;66(1):25-39

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lingua: Inglese

Vertebral augmentation in thoracolumbar compression fractures: a critical review on available evidence and ongoing controversies

Teles A. R. 1, Mattei T. A. 2

1 Neurosurgery Unit, Hospital São José, Santa Casa de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil; 2 Department of Neurosurgery, The Brain & Spine Center, Invision Health, Buffalo, NY, USA


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Vertebral augmentation procedures are currently widely used for osteoporotic and cancer-related vertebral compression fractures refractory to medical treatment. Many aspects of these procedures have been extensively discussed in the literature and new evidences have been emerged from recent clinical trials. In this literature review, we perform a critical appraisal of current concepts and ongoing controversies regarding technical aspects, accepted indications and contraindications, clinical outcomes of vertebral augmentation procedures.

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