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Purpose: In recent years, the popularity of percutaneous vertebral augmentation, with vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty, and the volume and rate of procedures are steadily increasing. Although osteoporotic and neoplastic vertebral body fractures are usually regarded as the main indication to such minimally invasive procedures, kyphoplasty can also be a safe and effective treatment in neurologically intact patients with Magerl type A traumatic injuries who are not candidates for surgery. At our institution, which is mainly an emergency hospital, patients are customarily offered the option between kyphoplasty and the traditional triad of prolonged bed rest, external bracing and analgesia when harboring suitable lesions …
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