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Vertebral Body Compression Fractures: Interventional Management Strategies

UPMC’s Peter Gerszten, MD, MPH, FACS, reviews management strategies for vertebral body compression fractures in this UPMC CME presentation.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the epidemiology and cost implications of vertebral body compression fractures. 
  • Identify the different management strategies for vertebral body compression fractures.
  • Recognize the literature that supports the interventional management strategies for vertebral body compression fractures. 

Reading Resources:

  1. Wardlaw D, Cummings SR, Meirhaeghe JV, et al.  Efficacy and safety of balloon kyphoplasty compared with non-surgical care for vertebral compression fracture (FREE):  a randomized controlled trial.  Lancet 373:1016-1024, 2009.
  2. Kallmes DF, Comstock BA, Heagerty PJ, et al.  A randomized trial of vertebroplasty for osteoporotic spinal fractures.  New England Journal of Medicine.  361:569-579, 2009.
  3. Buchbinder R, Osborne Ri, Ebeling PR, et al.  A randomized trial of vertebroplasty for painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures.  New England Journal of Medicine.  361:557-568, 2009.

Disclosures:

Dr. Gerszten has no relevant relationships with proprietary entities producing healthcare goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hours.

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Release Date: 1/24/2012 | Last Modified On: 2/26/2013 | Expires: 2/26/2014

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