What causes ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament?

What causes ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament?

The exact cause of OPLL is unknown, but it typically occurs when the soft tissues on the spine calcify and narrow the spinal canal. This causes the compression on the nerves in the cervical spinal cord. Research has shown links to hereditary factors, the environment and an individual’s lifestyle.

What are the symptoms of OPLL?

OPLL typically begins with no or mild symptoms. Mild symptoms may include mild pain, tingling, and/or numbness in the hands. OPLL can also cause dysesthesia, an unpleasant sensation that accompanies touch. Sometimes an unpleasant sensation may be present without any touch.

What is the most vulnerable area of the spine?

The most vulnerable areas of the spine are the lumbar (lower back), and the cervical (neck) regions. They are the most mobile, and susceptible to injury. The lower back is also the main weight bearing part of the spine.

Who treats OPLL?

OPLL can be diagnosed in a clinic visit with your doctor with a physical exam and diagnostic imaging such as X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. While most patients with OPLL can be treated with medications, physical therapy, or lifestyle changes, some may require surgery.

Which two parts of the spine have the highest risk of injury?

The lumbar spine contains 5 vertebral bones that form a lordotic curve (same as the cervical spine) and run through the lower back. The lumbar spine is more mobile than the thoracic spine yet also carries more weight, making it the most likely region of the spine to become injured and painful.

What are the long term effects of a laminectomy?

After surgery no patient had claudication. Conclusion: On the long-term, decompressive laminectomy in selected octogenarians results in decreased disability, decline of analgesics usage, and increased quality of life.

Is post-laminectomy syndrome a disability?

Lack of pain relief after spinal surgery is called post-laminectomy syndrome, or failed back syndrome. Patients with post-laminectomy syndrome often live with chronic pain and disability, which can cause significant distress.

Which part of the neck is the most vulnerable?

The most common cause of death from penetrating neck trauma is a vascular injury. The area of highest risk is injuries at the base of the neck, in zone 1.

Related Posts