Table 2:

Patient steroid use and indications

Type of steroid
    Prednisone77 (97.5%)
    Methylprednisolone2 (2.5%)
Steroid use at time of vertebroplasty
    Yes68 (86.1%)
    No11 (13.9%)
Dose (mg/day of prednisone equivalents)10 (2–60)
Duration of treatment (months)43.5 (2–420)
Indication for steroid use*
    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease23
    Rheumatoid arthritis20
    Organ transplant11
    Polymyalgia rheumatica6
    Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura5
    Systemic lupus erythematosus3
    Myasthenia gravis2
  • Note:—Results are expressed as median (range) or number (percentage).

  • * Some patients had multiple indications for corticosteroid therapy.