AMA CPT® Assistant - 2006 Issue 10 (October)

Vertebral Body Embolization or Injection (October 2006)

October 2006 pages 13-14 Coding Communication:Vertebral Body Embolization or Injection What Is Percutaneous Vertebroplasty? Percutaneous vertebroplasty describes a procedure in which a sterile biomaterial such as methyl methacrylate is injected from one side or both sides into the damaged vertebral body to act as a bone cement to reinforce the fractured or collapsed vertebra. What Conditions Are Treated With Percutaneous Vertebroplasty? Percutaneous vertebroplasty is indicated primarily for relief of pain related to vertebral compression fractures secondary to osteoporosis. However, other conditions, such as aneurysmal bone cysts, hemangioma, giant cell tumor, or metastatic malignancy, may also result in vertebral compression...

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