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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society > Volume 13(2); 1984 > Article
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1984;13(2): 279-287.
Surgical Managements of Cervical Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament.
Myung Soo Ahn, Yong Kil Hong, Chang Rak Choi, Jin Un Song
Department Neurosurgery, Catholic Medical College, Seoul, Korea.
In 1960, Tskimoto first mentioned the spinal cord lesions caused by compression of posterior longitudinal ligament(OPLL), thereafter, hundreds of cases have been reported. There are, however, some controversial opinions concerning the mechanisms of the formation and development of OPLL and questions why a special ligaments, posterior longitudinal ligaments can be calcified, enlarged and compress the cord. And also, there have been many reports describing various surgical method that could manage OPLL, but the OPLL still has many problems in surgical treatment. Recently, the neurosurgical team at the St. Pauls Hospital, encountered and operated on 7 cases of OPLL at cervical area. After all dignostic tests and examinations were done, the morphological classification, combined other lesions and pathological status were verified and analyzed during treatment. The different surgical methods were taken case by case. The authors would like to share with you our experiences of the surgical methods, indications of operation the results and the progrosis of treatment in OPLL.
Key Words: OPLL; Etiology; Various surgical methods; Morphological classification
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