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Cervical myelopathy due to ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament.
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PMID:  6420368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament in the cervical spine may be a cause of cervical myelopathy. This ossification has often been encountered in Japan, but only sporadically among the Caucasian races. It is therefore probable that racial factors are relevant to the pathology. During the past four years, due to the routine use of computerised axial tomography (CAT) in the pre-operative study of cervical myelopathy, we were able to show that in 13 cases stenosis of the vertebral canal was due to ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. This was visible in the standard radiographs in only two out of these 13 cases. The clinical data, diagnostic criteria and results of treatment are reported. This is the largest series yet reported outside Japan.
L Gui; L Merlini; R Savini; P Davidovits
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Italian journal of orthopaedics and traumatology     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0390-5489     ISO Abbreviation:  Ital J Orthop Traumatol     Publication Date:  1983 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-14     Completed Date:  1984-03-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7511480     Medline TA:  Ital J Orthop Traumatol     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  269-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Ossification, Heterotopic / complications*,  diagnosis,  radiography,  surgery
Spinal Cord Diseases / etiology*
Spinal Stenosis / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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