The Effects of High-Dose Parathyroid Hormone Treatment on Fusion Outcomes in a Rabbit Model of Posterolateral Lumbar Spinal Fusion Alone and in Combination with Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2 Treatment

Christina A. Holmes, Wataru Ishida, Benjamin D. Elder, Sheng-fu Lo, Yunchan Amy Chen, Edmond Kim, John Locke, Maritza Taylor, Timothy F Witham

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Abstract

Background: Parathyroid hormone (PTH) (1–34) treatment reduces fracture risk in osteoporotic patients. Previously, we demonstrated in a rabbit model that low-dose PTH treatment resulted in increased fusion mass volume. As effects of PTH on bone are dose-dependent, we aimed to evaluate whether increasing dosage of PTH increases both volume and biomechanical stiffness of the resulting fusion masses and/or exhibits synergistic effects with low-dose bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2). Methods: Posterolateral lumbar spinal fusion surgery was performed on 60 New Zealand White rabbits divided into 6 experimental groups: iliac crest autograft alone, autograft plus 20 μg/kg/day PTH, autograft plus 40 μg/kg/day PTH, BMP-2 alone, BMP-2 plus 20 μg/kg/day PTH, and BMP-2 plus 40 μg/kg PTH. Fusion was assessed at postoperative week 6 via manual palpation, volumetric computed tomography analysis, and 4-point bending biomechanical testing. Results: All groups treated with BMP-2 fused. Increasing doses of PTH resulted in increased fusion mass volume compared with autograft alone. Autograft plus 40 μg/kg/day PTH yielded fusion mass volumes comparable to BMP-2. When the autograft groups were considered alone, increased mechanical stiffness was observed only in the 20 μg/kg/day group. No significant stiffness differences were observed between BMP-2 groups. Conclusions: Treatment with the highest dose of PTH resulted in fusion mass volumes similar to those obtained with BMP-2. When the autograft groups were considered alone, significant increases in mechanical stiffness were observed at a dosage of 20 μg/kg/day, suggesting there may be an optimal dose of PTH in the rabbit model. Effects of BMP-2 on fusion were dominant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Biomechanical testing
  • Bone graft substitute
  • Parathyroid hormone
  • Rabbit model
  • Recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2
  • Spinal fusion
  • Volume analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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