What is the focus of the clinical history for preprocedure evaluation for percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP)?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Gaurav Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Justin A Siegal, MD  more...
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The most important aspect of planning this procedure is an accurate history and physical exam. It has been shown that localizing tenderness on palpation is not associated with superior vertebroplasty response. [16]

Important information can be obtained from a good history taken on a patient with an acute vertebral compression fracture.

  • deep pain with sudden onset

  • midline location

  • exacerbation by motion and standing


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