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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 180-181

Ossification of ligamentum flavum, a rare cause of myelopathy: First case report of a Lebanese patient


Departement of Neurosurgery, Saint George Hospital University Medical Centre, in Collaboration with Balamand University, Beirut, Lebanon

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Antonios El Helou
Division of Neurosurgery, Saint George Hospital University Medical Centre, in Collaboration with Balamand University, Youssef Sursock Street, Rmeil, Beirut
Lebanon
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.145067

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Ossification of ligamentum flavum (OLF) is a well-known pathology causing myelopathy, although it is a rare disease. The most commonly affected population is from the Far East and mainly Japanese. However, few reports and studies have shown the prevalence of the disease all over the world. We report the case of a 33-year-old man presenting with signs of progressive myelopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed Th2-Th11 OLF with severe narrowing and intramedullary hypersignal at the level Th2-Th3. This is the first Lebanese case reported in the literature. A decompressive laminectomy with flavectomy was done. This case adds to the previous reported cases on the occurrence of the disease in different populations.


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