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Society of Interventional Radiology supports treatment for spine fractures: Patient selection key
Date:1/19/2010

studies, indicating they had "inappropriate patient selection, terrible recruitment and selection bias with the majority not followed."

Osteoporosis, the most common type of bone disease, is characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of the bone resulting in an increased susceptibility to fractures. Osteoporosis affects 10 million Americans and is responsible for 700,000 vertebral fractures each year. Multiple vertebral fractures can result in chronic pain and disability, loss of independence, stooped posture and compression of the lungs and stomach.

Vertebroplasty, a minimally invasive treatment performed by interventional radiologists under guided imaging, stabilizes collapsed vertebra with the injection of medical-grade bone cement into the spine. "This reduces pain and can prevent further collapse of the vertebra, thereby preventing the height loss and spine curvature commonly seen as a result of osteoporosis. Vertebroplasty, when used appropriately in accordance with established practice standards by expert providers, dramatically improves back pain within hours of the procedure, provides long-term pain relief and has a low complication rate, as demonstrated in multiple studies. "We must not rush to new conclusions, especially based on these recent controversial studies,"said McGraw.

More information about the Society of Interventional Radiology, interventional radiologists and vertebroplasty can be found online at www.SIRweb.org. SIR's Research Reporting Standards for Percutaneous Vertebral Augmentation were published recently in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology as an additional reference for physicians. SIR's Commentary on Vertebroplasty and the August Studies in the New England Journal of Medicine is also available on the society's Web site.


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Contact: Maryann Verrillo
mverrillo@sirweb.org
703-460-5572
Society of Interventional Radiology
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