Antonio Krüger, Ralph Zettl, Ewgeni Ziring, Dieter Mann, Michael Schnabel, Steffen Ruchholtz

June 2010, Volume 19, Issue 6, pp 893 - 900 Original Article Read Full Article 10.1007/s00586-010-1281-5

First Online: 05 February 2010

Kyphoplasty has become a standard procedure in the treatment of painful osteoporotic compression fractures. According to current guidelines, involvement of the posterior wall of the vertebral body is a relative contraindication. From February 2002 until January 2008, 97 patients with at least one AO classification A 3.1 fracture were treated by kyphoplasty. There was a structured follow-up for the medium-term evaluation of the patients’ outcome. Ninety-seven patients (68 of whom were females and 29 of whom were males) with involvement of the vertebra’s posterior margin averaging 76.1 ± 12.36 (59–98) years were treated by kyphoplasty. The fractures of 75 patients were caused by falls from little height, 5 patients had suffered traffic accidents and in the case of 17 patients, no type of trauma was remembered. According to the AO classification, there were 109 A 3.1.1 and one A3.1.3 injuries. Prior to surgery, all patients were neurologically without pathological findings. Seventy-nine fractures were accompanied by a narrowing of the spinal canal [average of 15% (10–40)]. Overall, 134 vertebras were treated by Balloon kyphoplasty (81 × 1 segment, 22 × 2 segments, 3 × 3 segments). In 47.4% of the patients, cement leakage was observed after surgery. All patients with cement extravasation, however, were clinically unremarkable. Using the visual analog scale, patients stated that prior to surgery their pain averaged 8.1, whereas after surgery it significantly decreased and averaged 1.6 (p < 0.001). In geriatric patients with osteoporotic vertebral fractures with partial inclusion of the posterior wall of the vertebral body, kyphoplasty is an effective procedure with few complications.

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