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Epidemiology of Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament

  • Shunji Matsunaga
  • Takashi Sakou

Abstract

Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) is an intractable disease that causes severe myelopathy and radiculopathy. The report of an autopsy case made by Tsukimoto in 1960 [1] led to the establishment of this disease as an entity. The Investigation Committee on Ossification of the Spinal Ligaments was organized by the Japanese Ministry of Public Health and Welfare in 1975. Research to elucidate this disease has continued since then.

Keywords

Cervical Spine Posterior Longitudinal Ligament Cervical Myelopathy Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Spinal Canal Stenosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shunji Matsunaga
    • 1
  • Takashi Sakou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of MedicineKagoshima UniversityKagoshima, 890Japan

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