Percutaneous polymethylmethacrylate vertebroplasty in the treatment of pain induced by metastatic spine tumor.

Yuan-Yun Tseng, Yang Lan Lo, Lih Huei Chen, Po Liang Lai, Shung-Tai Yang

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Metastases to the spine are a common problem in the large oncology center and represent a challenging problem in oncology practice. Patients with osteolytic metastases often experience intractable local and/or radicular pain. Therapeutic intervention can alleviate pain, preserve or improve neurologic function, achieve mechanical stability, and improve quality of life. Percutaneous polymethylmethacrylate vertebroplasty is an effective and relatively easy method of relieving patients' pain. METHOD: Between January 2002 and December 2006, 57 patients (78 vertebrae) with spinal metastatic tumor treated with PMMA vertebroplasty were enrolled in this study. The main indication for treatment was pain. RESULT: The mean value of VAS was 8.1+/-0.67 preoperatively, and it significantly decreased to 3.8+/-1.9 (1-8, P

Original languageEnglish
JournalSurgical Neurology
Volume70 Suppl 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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