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Neuroradiology. 2014 Jun;56(6):459-66. doi: 10.1007/s00234-014-1351-1. Epub 2014 Mar 21.

Thoraco-lumbar traumatic vertebral fractures augmentation by osteo-conductive and osteo-inductive bone substitute containing strontium-hydroxyapatite: our experience.

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Dipartimento di Diagnostica per immagini e Radiologia interventistica, Fondazione PTV, Policlinico "Tor Vergata", Viale Oxford 81, 00133, Rome, Italy.



The aim of our study was to evaluate the effectiveness of osteointegrable strontium-hydroxyapatite (Sr-HA) bone cement in the treatment of thoracolumbar traumatic vertebral fractures by percutaneous vertebroplasty (VTP).


We treated 35 patients [29 (82.85 %) men, 6 (17.14 %) women, mean age 34.05 ± 8.36 years (range 21-54 years)] with single type A1.1 and A1.2 thoracolumbar traumatic vertebral fracture without endospecal bone fragments. Pain intensity was evaluated before and at 1 day; 1 week; and 1, 6, and 12 months after VTP by a 10-point visual analog scale (VAS) score (0 = no pain, 10 = unbearable pain). Physical status and quality of life were evaluated by Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) questionnaire before and 1, 6, and 12 months after VTP.


Procedural technical success was achieved in all patients with no deaths observed during follow-up. In three patients (8.57 %), postprocedural CT showed cement leakages: one intradiscal and two in venous plexus. No adjacent vertebral body fractures nor intrasomatic recollapse was detected. The VAS and ODI scores showed a statistically significant reduction 1 week after procedure (P value <0.0001) with a progressive statistically significant reduction during follow-up (P value <0.0001). Twenty-three patients (65.71 %) assigned a value of 0 to the VAS scale at 1 year after treatment.


Strontium-hydroxyapatite bone cement is an effective and safe bone filler in percutaneous vertebroplasty with low leakage rate and absence of major complications when performed by a skilled equipe. It allows an immediate and long-lasting stabilization with a significant pain reduction and quality of life improvement.

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