Radiofrequency ablation may improve the beneficial results of vertebroplasty for vertebral hemangiomas: analysis of 46 patients


NEUROLOGICAL RESEARCH, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01616412.2021.1956291
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Spine, hemangioma, minimal invasive, percutaneus radiofrequency ablation, vertebroplasty, INTRALESIONAL INJECTION, CORD COMPRESSION, NATURAL-HISTORY, MANAGEMENT, EMBOLIZATION, ALCOHOL, RELIEF, PAIN


Objectives To evaluate the effect of vertebroplasty (VP) alone or combined therapy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) with vertebroplasty on pain relief with visual analog scale (VAS) and Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores in vertebral hemangiomas. Methods Forty-six patients with hemangiomas were evaluated retrospectively: 20 males and 26 females were included. In group 1 (n = 25) only VP was performed, while RFA+VP were performed in the same treatment session in group 2 (n = 21). Radiological diagnosis was performed with X-ray, CT-scan and MRI images in all patients. The intensity of pain was assessed with the VAS together with the assesment of life quality with the ODI. The assesments were performed before, at first day, at first month and 6 months after treatment. Results There was no significant difference between mean preprocedural VAS and ODI scores, but a significant decrease was seen in postprocedural VAS and ODI scores between group 1 and 2, when compared with the preprocedural values. Although lack of a statistically significant difference in long term results, mean VAS score was 3.7 for group 1, while it was 1.8 for group 2, and the mean ODI score was 38 for group 1, and 22.48 for group 2 at 6th month assesment. Discussion Although minimally invasive percutaneous techniques are indicated as other modalities are ineffective or contraindicated, combining RFA with vertebral augmentation provide prevention of mechanical loading pain, and prevention of somatic pain in patients with spinal hemangiomas.