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We wish to clarify two points that were made in our Letter to the
Editor that were inadvertently altered as a result of editing by the BMJ.
Our first point was that while we agree with Dr Wilson that vertebroplasty
cannot be recommended as first line therapy, current evidence favours no
Second, rather than suggesting that doubts remain about
the role of vertebroplasty for osteoporotic vertebral fracture, we wanted
to make the point that if others thought additional randomized trials were
justified, it would be essential to blind treatment allocation,
participants and investigators, necessitating the use of a sham or placebo
No competing interests
12 August 2011
Director and Professor, Monash Dept Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute; and spital, and Dept E