Percutaneous vertebroplasty in the treatment of pain caused by metastatic tumor.

Department of Clinical Radiology, Kyushu University. Maidashi 3-1-1, Higashi-ku Fukuoka 812-8582, Japan.
Fukuoka igaku zasshi = Hukuoka acta medica 05/2005; 96(4):93-9.
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ABSTRACT Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a radiologically guided therapeutic procedure that consists of percutaneous injection of polymethylmetacrylate (PMMA) into pathologic vertebral bodies. It is a minimally invasive procedure that is effective in the treatment of pain resulting from bone metastasis. This procedure has the advantage of providing rapid pain relief and spinal stabilization. A patient with severe, aggressive pain from metastatic lumbar spinal tumor of thyroid follicular carcinoma is presented herein. Despite treatment with analgesic agents, external beam radiation therapy, radioiodine therapy, and posterior fusion surgery, the pain reemerged and progressed. After percutaneous vertebroplasty, definite pain relief was achieved. Vertebroplasty would be useful as an additional or alternative pain relief method in patients with metastatic vertebral tumors.

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