The role of vertebral augmentation in multiple myeloma: International Myeloma Working Group Consensus Statement

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There are approximately 20 000 new patients diagnosed with myeloma in the United States each year.1 With the availability of better treatments and resultant improved survival, there are currently close to 100 000 patients living with myeloma in the United States. Similar incidence and prevalence rates exist throughout Europe.2 Of these patients, the spine is affected by osteolytic and/or osteopenic bone disease in 70%.3 Myeloma is the commonest primary cancer affecting the spine. Painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) affect approximately 30% of myeloma patients. As myeloma patients live longer, it is especially relevant to provide the best available treatment for pain and reduce disabilities that can result from VCFs.4 The focus of […]