chapter  24
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Kyphoplasty: A Minimally Invasive Treatment for Painful Vertebral Compression Fractures

Osteoporosis is a systemic disease characterized by low bone mass or quantity and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to enhanced bone fragility and a consequent increase in fracture risk, often after minimal or no trauma. “Osteopenia” is a term usually applied to the radiographic findings of reduced bone density. Both these terms are used with increasing frequency as the U.S. population continues to age.