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Pathology of Ossification of the Ligamentum Flavum

  • Munehito Yoshida
  • Tetsuya Tamaki

Abstract

Ossification of the ligamentum flavum (OLF) is a pathological condition that causes myelopathy, radiculopathy, or both [1,2]. The etiology of hypertrophy and ossification of the ligamentum flavum is unknown. OLF can be diagnosed by lateral radiographs as ossification of the spinal foramen. On comparing the narrowing of the spinal canal as seen by computed tomography (CT) and by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the CT scan provides information superior to that of MRI because it shows precisely the protruded ossification from the posterior to anterior aspect of the spinal canal [3-6].

Keywords

Spinal Canal Thoracic Spine Ligamentum Flavum Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis Spinal Ligament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Munehito Yoshida
    • 1
  • Tetsuya Tamaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryWakayama Medical CollegeWakayama 640 Japan

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