Surgical approaches to thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament

Ali A. Baaj, Donald A. Smith, Fernando Vale Diaz, Juan S. Uribe

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Thoracic ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament is a rare but debilitating condition. It is most commonly diagnosed in the Japanese population. If left untreated, significant myelopathy and weakness can ensue. Anterior decompression and stabilization is effective but technically demanding and is associated with high rate of complications. Posterior laminectomy appears to be an acceptable approach with lower risks. This work reviews the published literature on this topic and highlights the salient points.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-351
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • OPLL
  • Spine surgery
  • Thoracic spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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