The surgical management of compressive cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) can be challenging. Traditionally, approach indications for decompression of cervical spondylotic myelopathy have been used. However, the postoperative complication profile after cervical OPLL decompression is unique and may require an alternative approach paradigm. The authors review the literature on approach-related OPLL complications and suggest a management strategy for patients with single-or multiple-segment OPLL with or without greater than 50% canal stenosis.
- Cervical myelopathy
- Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology