Osteoporotic Compression Fractures: Medical Terminology Challenge

Medical Terminology Challenge on osteoporotic compression fractures

Medical Terminology Challenge


A 75-year-old female patient has had multiple vertebral fractures due to her osteoporosis. The decision is made to have a minimally invasive procedure performed through a small incision in the skin. Surgical cement is injected to stabilize the compressed vertebrae to treat the pain. Based on your knowledge of medical terminology, what type of skeletal procedure is this?

A. Spinal fusion
B. Laminectomy
C. Percutaneous vertebroplasty
D. Percutaneous diskectomy


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