Persistent pain after vertebroplasty: Not to miss facet joint pain

Authors

  • Bigen Man Shakya Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Renu Gurung Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Anil Shresth Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Binita Acharya Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nandini Shrestha Department of Anaesthesiology, Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/gmj.v2i1.45694

Keywords:

Compression fracture, facet joint, vertebroplasty

Abstract

A patient can present with persistent pain even after vertebral compression fracture augmentation procedures. We report a case of a patient of carcinoma breast with L1 vertebral metastasis and fracture for which vertebroplasty was performed abroad. The patient had severe pain even after the procedure and multiple therapies. The patient’s pain was finally relieved with radiofrequency ablation of target medial branch, which highlights the importance of facet joint as source of pain generator in such group of patients.

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Published

2020-12-28

How to Cite

Shakya, B. M., Gurung, R. ., Shresth, A., Acharya, B. ., & Shrestha, N. (2020). Persistent pain after vertebroplasty: Not to miss facet joint pain. Grande Medical Journal, 2(1), 22–24. https://doi.org/10.3126/gmj.v2i1.45694

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Case Reports