Patient Evaluation and Selection

  • M. J. B. Stallmeyer
  • Gregg H. Zoarski


Vertebral compression fractures (VCF) result from osteoporosis, malignant primary or metastatic bone tumors, and benign infiltrative tumors such as vertebral hemangiomas. Pain relief constitutes the primary indication for percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV). The effectiveness of PV for prophylaxis in the absence of local pain and tenderness remains unproven. In considering whether a patient may be a candidate for PV, it is important to use both clinical and imaging assessment. When patients are properly selected and evaluated, this procedure has provided substantial pain relief in 75 to 90% of patients with benign fractures1–4 and in 59 to 86% of patients with malignant VCFs.2,4–8


Vertebral Body Spinal Cord Compression Magnetic Reso Vertebral Compression Fracture Percutaneous Vertebroplasty 
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