Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Clin Neurosci. 2010 Mar;17(3):320-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2009.06.023. Epub 2010 Jan 13.

Static versus dynamic factors for the development of myelopathy in patients with cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament.

Author information

1
Spine Section, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-8-1 Inohana, Chuo-ku, Chiba 260-8677, Japan.

Abstract

We studied 27 patients with cervical ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) but no clinical symptoms of myelopathy. We investigated the occupation ratio of the spinal canal by OPLL with cervical radiographs, assessed the morphological types of OPLL, and measured the segmental range of motion (ROM) at the level of maximum cord compression on flexion and extension radiographs. Patients were classified as having continuous-type OPLL (17 patients), mixed-type OPLL (seven patients), or segmental-type OPLL (three patients). The segmental ROM was negatively correlated with the OPLL occupation ratio (r=-0.49, p<0.01). No patient developed myelopathy during the study period. Three patients with massive OPLL did not develop myelopathy and the mobility of their cervical spine was highly restricted, suggesting that dynamic factors such as the segmental ROM preferentially contribute to the development of myelopathy in patients with cervical OPLL. Thus, by controlling the dynamic factors (hypermobility), we might be able to reduce neurological deterioration in patients with cervical OPLL.

PMID:
20071177
DOI:
10.1016/j.jocn.2009.06.023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Elsevier Science
    Loading ...
    Support Center