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Single-center outcomes of image-guided radiotherapy in the management of vertebral hemangioma with daily kilovoltage cone-beam computerized tomography


 Department of Radiation Oncology, Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, University of Health Sciences, Kecioren, Ankara, Turkey

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Bora Uysal,
Department of Radiation Oncology, Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, University of Health Sciences, Etlik, Kecioren, Ankara
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/jcrt.JCRT_133_19

Background: Vertebral hemangiomas are defined as benign proliferation of blood vessels. Vertebral hemangiomas are generally found incidentally by computerized tomography or magnetic resonance imaging; however, they may also cause pain and quality-of-life impairment in some circumstances with reference to their location and association with the spinal cord. In this study, we assessed the utility of image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) in the management of patients with painful vertebral hemangioma. Materials and Methods: Patients receiving IGRT for the management of painful vertebral hemangioma were evaluated. The total dose was 24 Gy delivered in 12 daily fractions. The verbal numeric scale (VNS) was used for the assessment of pain relief. The median follow-up duration was 13 months (range: 6–24 months). Results: Median preradiotherapy VNS score was 8 (range: 6–10) and median postradiotherapy VNS score was 1 (range: 0–2) for the total 135 patients treated with IGRT at our department for painful vertebral hemangioma. Reduction in VNS scores after IGRT was statistically significant (P < 0.05). Conclusion: Our single-center study revealed that IGRT resulted in substantial relief of pain from vertebral hemangioma. Randomized prospective multicenter trials are needed to shed light on the optimal management of patients suffering from pain due to vertebral hemangioma.


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