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Intra-arterial injection of acrylic cement as a complication of percutaneous vertebroplasty

Authors
Journal
Journal of Vascular Surgery
0741-5214
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
56
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2012.04.010

Abstract

Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) is a minimally invasive procedure that provides significant pain relief in a high percentage of patients with osteoporotic fractures. The complication rate of PVP is reported to be below 6%. This case illustrates, for the first time, an arterial PMMA embolus to the aorta and its branches as a complication of PVP.

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