Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 160, Issue 4, pp 881–884 | Cite as

Thoracic ossification of ligamentum flavum manifesting holocord syringomyelia: case report

  • Yoshiaki Takamura
  • Yasuhiro Takeshima
  • Ryuta Matsuoka
  • Young Soo Park
  • Hiroyuki Nakase
Case Report - Spine degenerative


It has been reported that syringomyelia is rarely associated with degenerative spinal disorders, but the case of holocord syringomyelia is never reported. We here present a case of a 59-year-old woman with right shoulder pain, dysesthesia of the right hand, and gait disturbance. Radiographically, examinations of the spine demonstrated holocord syringomyelia with ossification of ligamentum flavum at T2/3 level. Holocord syringomyelia was reduced remarkably after posterior decompression at the T2/3 level, and her symptoms also improved. We speculated that holocord syringomyelia might have developed due to craniospinal pressure dissociation caused by focal compression of dural sac from extradural degenerative change.


Holocord syringomyelia Ossification of ligamentous flavum Thoracic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshiaki Takamura
    • 1
  • Yasuhiro Takeshima
    • 1
  • Ryuta Matsuoka
    • 1
  • Young Soo Park
    • 1
  • Hiroyuki Nakase
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryNara Medical UniversityKashiharaJapan

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