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Neurology India
Medknow Publications on behalf of the Neurological Society of India
ISSN: 0028-3886
EISSN: 0028-3886
Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 286-289
Bioline Code: ni02083
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Neurology India, Vol. 50, No. 3, 2002, pp. 286-289

 en Thoracic Cord Compression Due to Ossified Hypertrophied Ligamentum Flavum
P.N. Jayakumar, B. Indira Devi, D.I. Bhat, B.S. Das


Ossified ligamentum flavum is increasingly appreciated as an important cause of thoracic myeloradiculopathy. Fifteen patients with age ranging from 30-61 years were studied. Fourteen presented with spastic paraparesis, and radiculopathy was the only complaint in one patient. Routine skiagrams and myelograms showed non-specific changes. Baseline CT and CT myelogram, however, documented the ossification of ligamentum flavum comprehensively. MRI was done in three patients. Multiple levels of the disease were seen in two cases. Four patients had ossified posterior longitudinal ligament. Thickened ligamentum flavum should be considered as an important cause of thoracic cord compression.

Ossified ligamentum flavum, Thoracic cord compression, Paraplegia

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