Percutaneous vertebroplasty for the treatment of burst fractures. Case report

J Neurosurg Spine. 2004 Sep;1(2):228-31. doi: 10.3171/spi.2004.1.2.0228.


Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a useful procedure for patients with vertebral osteoporotic compression fractures; however, there has been no mention in the literature of the use of percutaneous vertebroplasty for the treatment of traumatic spinal fractures. The authors report the case of a 33-year-old man who harbored L-1, L-2, and L-5 burst fractures sustained in a work-related accident. The patient was successfully treated by percutaneous vertebroplasty with polymethylmethacrylate. The authors propose this procedure as a useful intervention in selected patients with lumbar burst fractures. The complications associated with major surgical procedures are absent.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational
  • Adult
  • Bone Cements / therapeutic use
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / injuries*
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / surgery
  • Male
  • Pain Measurement
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate / therapeutic use
  • Recovery of Function / physiology
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Wound Healing / physiology


  • Bone Cements
  • Polymethyl Methacrylate