Risk factors for new vertebral compression fractures after vertebroplasty: a meta-analysis

ANZ J Surg. 2016 Jul;86(7-8):549-54. doi: 10.1111/ans.13428. Epub 2016 Jan 7.


Background: The risk factors for new vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) after vertebroplasty are unclear. The aim of this meta-analysis was to identify potential risk factors.

Methods: A systematic electronic literature search was performed using the following databases: PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library; the databases were searched from the earliest available records in 1966 to May 2015. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) or standardized mean differences (SMDs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using random- or fixed-effects models. The Newcastle-Ottawa scale was used to evaluate the methodological quality of the studies, and Stata 11.0 was used to analyse the data.

Results: The primary factors that were associated with new fractures after vertebroplasty were low bone mineral density (SMD -0.375; 95% CI -0.579 to -0.171), steroid usage (OR 2.632; 95% CI 1.399 to 4.950) and the presence of multiple treated vertebrae (OR 2.027; 95% CI 1.442 to 2.851). The data did not support that age, sex, body mass index, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug usage, vacuum cleft, thoracolumbar junction, cement volume, kyphosis correction, or intradiscal cement leakage could lead to infection after vertebroplasty.

Conclusions: The present analysis demonstrated that low bone mineral density, the presence of multiple treated vertebrae and a history of steroid usage were associated with the new VCFs after vertebroplasty. Patients with these factors should be informed of the potential increased risk.

Keywords: meta-analysis; osteoporotic; risk factor; vertebral compression fracture; vertebroplasty.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Fractures, Compression / epidemiology
  • Fractures, Compression / surgery*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*
  • Recurrence
  • Risk Factors
  • Spinal Fractures / epidemiology
  • Spinal Fractures / surgery*
  • Vertebroplasty / adverse effects*