Management of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the thoracic spine

Jamal McClendon, Patrick A. Sugrue, Aruna Ganju, Tyler R. Koski, John C. Liu

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Abstract

The management of thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament has been studied by many spinal surgeons. Indications for operative intervention include progressive radiculopathy, myelopathy, and neurological deterioration. The ideal surgery for decompression remains highly debatable as various methods of surgical treatment of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament have been devised. Although numerous modifications to the 3 main approaches have been identified (anterior, posterior, or lateral), the indication for each depends on the nature of compression, the morphology of the lesion, the level of the compression, the structural alignment of the spine, and the neurological status of the patient. The authors discuss treatment techniques for thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, cite case examples from a single institution, and review the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament
  • Thoracic myelopathy
  • Thoracic spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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