Letter to the Editor: Vertebroplasty

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To The Editor: We read with interest the article by Cosar et al.1 (Cosar M, Sasani M, Oktenoglu T, et al: The major complications of transpedicular vertebroplasty. A review. J Neurosurg Spine 11:607–613, November, 2009). Since first performed in France in the mid-1980s to treat painful, vertebral hemangioma, vertebroplasty has gained extensive popularity for the treatment of painful vertebral lesions caused mainly by osteolytic metastatic disease and painful osteoporotic fractures.2,3 While percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) has a low complication rate in general, severe complications may occur. In

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Please include this information when citing this paper: published online January 7, 2011; DOI: 10.3171/2010.9.SPINE10116.

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Cosar MSasani MOktenoglu TKaner TErcelen OKose KG: The major complications of transpedicular vertebroplasty. A review. J Neurosurg Spine 11:6076132009

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Galibert PDeramond HRosat PLe Gars D: [Preliminary note on the treatment of vertebral angioma by percutaneous acrylic vertebroplasty.]. Neurochirurgie 33:1661681987. (Fr)

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Pitton MBHerber SBletz CDrees PMorgen NKoch U: CT-guided vertebroplasty in osteoporotic vertebral fractures: incidence of secondary fractures and impact of intradiscal cement leakages during follow-up. Eur Radiol 18:43502008

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