vertebroplasty

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vertebroplasty 

ORTHOPAEDICS

Definition A minimally invasive procedure for treating spinal compression fractures or vertebral body collapse caused by osteoporosis or carcinoma, in which bone cement is injected via a small hole in the bone.

It appears unlikely that vertebroplasty actually reduces clinical disease, because patients receiving bone cement injections and those in the non-treatment arm both have reported improvement in symptoms, suggesting a placebo effect. 

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percutaneous_vertebroplasty

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