Clinical Neuroscience

[Percutaneous-transpedicular acrylat vertebroplasty for treatment of lumbar vertebral hemangioma - case report]


FEBRUARY 20, 2003

Clinical Neuroscience - 2003;56(01-02)

[The authors present the management of a patient suffering from lumbar vertebral hemangioma. Percutaneous transpedicular acrylate vertebroplasty was performed. This method has widely been used for the treatment of pathological vertebral bodies of different aetiology. A brief rewiev of the literature of previous and current methods is presented. A detailed discussion is given why vertebroplasty was used in contrast to the radiological investigation where the patient's hemangioma proved to be a non-agressive type. According to the authors' knowledge this is the first Hungarian publication of acrylate vertebroplasty for the treatment of vertebral hemangioma.]



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