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Cervical Myelopathy Secondary to Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in a Caucasian Patient

  • B. Maroun Falah (a1), P. Makino Akira (a1), R.S. Tong Tommy (a1), G. Perkins Philip (a1), Arts Rudolph (a1), C. Jacob Jacob (a1) and Reddy R. (a1)...

Abstract:

Cervical myelopathy consequent on ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) is very rare in Caucasians. A 65-year-old Anglo-Saxon woman developed progressive gait disturbance, paresthesia in both legs and urinary urge incontinence. Radiological examination showed OPLL from fifth to seventh cervical vertebral level; the dense OPLL was graphically displayed by three-dimensional computerized tomography. Medial corpectomy, C5 to C7, and removal of OPLL, with subsequent fusion C4 to Tl using a free fibula graft resulted in clinical improvement. Three dimensional computerized tomographic imaging is a valuable diagnostic procedure in OPLL.

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Division of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Health Sciences Centre, 300 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada A1B 3V6

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Cervical Myelopathy Secondary to Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament in a Caucasian Patient

  • B. Maroun Falah (a1), P. Makino Akira (a1), R.S. Tong Tommy (a1), G. Perkins Philip (a1), Arts Rudolph (a1), C. Jacob Jacob (a1) and Reddy R. (a1)...

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