What is the role of percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) in the treatment of spinal tumors?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Justin A Siegal, MD  more...
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The role of vertebroplasty in spinal tumors is palliative. Generally, in previously untreated painful vertebral metastasis, radiotherapy is used in 70% of cases to alleviate spinal pain. However, this effect is delayed and often can take up to 2–6 weeks to provide relief. Vertebroplasty can achieve the same goal of pain relief with an almost immediate analgesic effect. [14]


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