Percutaneous vertebroplasty and spinal cord compression

Percutaneous vertebroplasty and spinal cord compression: a case report

Ilaria Morghen, Massimo Borrelli, Andrea Saletti, Roberto Zoppellari


This report describes a 60-year-old woman with intensive back pain due to metastatic vertebral body collapse, who underwent  percutaneous vertebroplasty. Subsequently, the patient developed metastatic  lesion extrusion into the  spinal canal because of pressure of the cement, with compression of the left anterolateral spinal cord. During percutaneous vertebroplasty procedure in patient with malignant tumors, the complication rate increases owing to the risk of leakage of cement resulting from the vertebral body destruction, but as also seen in our case, for the extrusion of the neoplastic tissue  and increase of the pressure in the vertebral body due to the introduction of the cement.


percutaneous vertebroplasty, vertebral metastasis, spinal cord compression

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