In this series of cervicothoracic OPLL patients who underwent PECTL, the postoperative mean recovery rate of the JOA score was 44.9%. Postoperative sagittal alignment was preserved in all but one patient, who underwent simultaneous laminectomy in the lower thoracic spine. PECTL obtains decompression by a posterior shift of the whole spinal cord after simultaneous spinal canal enlargement, sparing the spinal cord from iatrogenic injury. This method has a low rate of postoperative paralysis and complications and can therefore be recommended.
KeywordsThoracic Spine Spinous Process Posterior Longitudinal Ligament Japanese Orthopaedic Association Japanese Orthopaedic Association Score
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