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Cervical myelopathy due to ossification of the transverse atlantal ligament: a Caucasian case report operated on and literature analysis.
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PMID:  22591784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
One case of cervical myelopathy associated to ossification of transverse atlantal ligament (OTAL) and C1 posterior arch hypoplasia in a Caucasian adult female is reported. A 53-year-old female affected by cervical myelopathy was treated with C1 laminectomy and posterior arthrodesis. CT scan demonstrated that the distance between ossification of the ligament and anterior cortex of the posterior arch of atlas was 6,2mm leading to consistent space reduction for spinal cord at this level. Patient underwent spinal cord decompression and fixation with C1 poliaxial screws in lateral masses and two bilateral crossing C2 laminar screws with an improvement of neurological functions at 4-years follow-up. The association between OTAL and C1 hypoplasia was reported in very few cases. The treatment with C1 laminectomy without fusion is reported in medical literature with good clinical outcome. Our patient obtained a neurological improvement at midterm follow-up with spinal cord decompression and fusion.
L Proietti; L Scaramuzzo; S Sessa; G R Schirò; C A Logroscino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2012-05-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Orthopaedics & traumatology, surgery & research : OTSR     Volume:  98     ISSN:  1877-0568     ISO Abbreviation:  Orthop Traumatol Surg Res     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-06-05     Completed Date:  2012-10-24     Revised Date:  2013-10-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101494830     Medline TA:  Orthop Traumatol Surg Res     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  470-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
Department of Orthopedic Science and Traumatology Spine Surgery Division, Catholic University Rome, Largo A. Gemelli 1, 00168 Roma, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Decompression, Surgical
Middle Aged
Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament / radiography,  surgery*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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