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Osteoporosis

Acrylic Cement for Compression Fracture

10/06/2003

Question:

My physician told me I have a compression fracture of a vertebrae and he suggested I have an acrylic cement implanted to give it support and prevent further damage. Another doctor told me to "just give it time" and to forget the cement. What is your opinion?

Answer:

The acrylic cement procedure is controversial. For some patients it can relieve severe pain. Some osteoporosis experts are concerned that it might increase the chance of adjacent vertebrae being compressed. I do not think we have seen enough cases with long-term follow up to know for sure.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati