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Physicians and Industry Respond to Recent Vertebroplasty Studies

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In August 2009, vertebral compression fracture treatment was dealt an unexpected blow when The New England Journal of Medicine published two articles that detailed prospective randomized controlled trials in which vertebroplasty did not result in a statistically significant clinical benefit over a sham procedure. The spinal community responded quickly to these articles, pointing out shortcomings of the two trials.
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