R. Pflugmacher, R. Taylor, A. Agarwal, I. Melcher, A. Disch, N. P. Haas, C. Klostermann


August 2008, Volume 17, Issue 8, pp 1042 - 1048 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-008-0701-2

First Online: 01 August 2008

There is currently little data on the longer term efficacy and safety of balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) in patients with metastatic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs). To prospectively assess the long-term efficacy and safety of BKP in treating thoracic and lumbar spinal metastatic fractures that result in pain or instability. Sixty-five patients (37 men, mean age: 66 years) underwent 99 BKP procedures. Patient-related outcomes of pain visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry Disability Index were assessed pre- and post-operatively and after 3, 6, 12 and 24 months. Correction of vertebral height and kyphotic deformity were assessed by radiographic measurements. Mean pain VAS and Oswestry Disability Index significantly improved from pre- to post-treatment (P 


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