Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in the Cervical Spine: Clinical Manifestations and Surgical Treatment
Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) is a degenerative disease of the spine, most commonly found in the cervical vertebrae. Once referred to as a 'Japanese disease,' OPLL has now been identified in other ethnic populations. If surgery is indicated, the treatment of choice is decompression although the best approach is still controversial. From November 1991 to October 1996, 23 patients with OPLL of the cervical spine were treated at our institution. Their clinical manifestations and surgical outcomes are presented. Anterior decompression is indicated for compression up to three levels. If more than three levels are involved, however, the posterior approach with laminoplasty could be the better choice.
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Cagli, S.; Dickman, C. A.; and Sonntag, Volker K.H., "Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in the Cervical Spine: Clinical Manifestations and Surgical Treatment" (1998). Neurosurgery. 310.