Vol 47, No 6 (2013)

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The use of calcium phosphate cement in vertebroplasty of the base of odontoid process

Krzysztof Zapałowicz1, Maciej Wojdyn1, Krzysztof Włodzimierz Zieliński2, Dorota Snopkowska-Wiaderna2
DOI: 10.5114/ninp.2013.39077
Neurol Neurochir Pol 2013;47(6):590-594.


The authors describe the use of bone cement containing calcium phosphate for vertebroplasty of the cavity in the base of odontoid process. A 23-year-old female patient was operated on by incision in lateral cervical area (anterior open access). After a blunt dissection, the working cannula (Kyphon) was introduced under fluoroscopic guidance through the C2 vertebral body to the cavity in the base of the odontoid process. Intraoperatively biopsy of the lesion was taken and histopathological examination excluded the presence of neoplasm. The cavity, presumably haemangioma, was successfully filled with calcium phosphate bone cement KyphOs™ FS (Kyphon). The proper filling without paravertebral cement leak was confirmed by postoperative computed tomography (CT). The CT and magnetic resonance imaging performed 9 months after the procedure showed that cement was still present in the cavity. This is the first use of calcium phosphate cement to conduct the vertebroplasty of C2 vertebra.

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Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska