Table 3:

Pain response at both follow-up intervals after percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) in patients without bone marrow edema (BME) in treated vertebral compression fractures (VCF) prior to PV and patients with severe BME in treated VCF prior to PV

Follow-up Period after PV
1 Month3 Months
No BMESevere BMEP ValueNo BMESevere BMEP Value
Pain unchanged at treated level(s)4 (29%)2 (6%).044 (29%)1 (3%).01
Pain decrease at treated level(s)10 (71%)29 (94%).0410 (71%)30 (97%).01
Back pain decrease in general9 (64%)27 (87%).089 (64%)23 (74%).4
Pain at untreated other level with no diagnostic substrate1 (7%)2 (6%).91 (7%)6 (19%).3
Symptomatic new VCF01 (3%).5