Prospective comparison of the therapeutic effect of teriparatide with that of combined vertebroplasty with antiresorptive agents for the treatment of new-onset adjacent vertebral compression fracture after percutaneous vertebroplasty

Y. Y. Tseng, C. H. Su, T. N. Lui, Y. S. Yeh, S. H. Yeh

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Summary Most post-vertebroplasty new-onset adjacent vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) occur within 2- 3 months, and antiresorptive agents do not significantly reduce the risk of their occurrence. In opposite mechanism, teriparatide directly stimulates bone formation and improves bone strength and quality faster. The therapeutic effect of teriparatide is better than that of vertebroplasty combined with an antiresorptive treatment and is a potentially useful therapy for new-onset adjacent VCFs after vertebroplasty. Introduction Following vertebroplasty, patients are at increased risk of new-onset adjacent-level VCFs. The therapeutic effect of antiresorptive agents is too slow, and they are associated with the risk of new VCFs. Teriparatide markedly increases bone formation and strength and reduces the incidence of new-onset VCFs. This prospective cohort study compared the therapeutic effects of teriparatide with those of combined vertebroplasty and an anti-resorber for treating new-onset adjacent VCFs after vertebroplasty. Methods Fifty patients with adjacent VCFs were randomly assigned to two groups: teriparatide only (group A) and additional vertebroplasty combined with an antiresorptive agent (group B). Relevant clinical data of the two groups were prospectively compared. Results The 22 patients in group A were at higher risk of new VCFs than those in group B (22 patients); they were older and had more pre-existing fractures (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1613-1622
Number of pages10
JournalOsteoporosis International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012



  • Adjacent vertebral fracture
  • Antiresorptive agent
  • Teriparatide .Vertebral compression fracture
  • Vertebroplasty

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  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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