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Journal of Spine & Neurosurgery

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Hemothorax after Kyphoplasty: A Case Report

DiGiorgio AM1*, Conger AR2, Fannin ES1 and Steck JC1
1Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
2John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California, USA
Corresponding author : Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio
LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Neurosurgery, 2020 Gravier St., 7th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Tel: 504-568-6123
Fax: 504-568-6127
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: February 02, 2017Accepted: February 16, 2017 Published: February 21, 2017
Citation: DiGiorgio AM, Conger AR, Fannin ES, Steck JC (2017) Hemothorax after Kyphoplasty: A Case Report. J Spine Neurosurg 6:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9701.1000264


Percutaneous vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty are commonly performed procedures with a relatively low complication rate. The reported complication rate is around 1%. Typical events are secondary to cement migration with resultant compromise of neighboring neurologic structures or embolic events. Additionally, the procedure can result in vertebral body fractures, rib fractures and pneumothorax. We present a case of a hemothorax secondary to a kyphoplasty.
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