Neuroimaging Clin N Am 2019 Nov 7;29(4):495-513. Epub 2019 Aug 7.
Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, North Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA; Department of Radiology, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.
Osteoporotic compression fractures of the vertebral body can result in pain and long-term morbidity, including spinal deformity, with increased risk of mortality resulting from associated complications. Conservative management includes opioids and other analgesics, bed rest, and a back brace. For patients with severe and disabling pain, vertebral augmentation (vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty) is often considered, with these procedures endorsed by multiple professional societies, and provides immediate structural support, and stabilizes and reinforces the weakened bone structure. Read More