Cervical Myeloradiculopathy due to Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament with versus without Diffuse Idiopathic Spinal Hyperostosis.

Abstract

Study Design Retrospective study. Objectives Assess demographics, ossification characteristics, surgical outcomes, and complications in patients with both diffuse idiopathic spinal hyperostosis (DISH) and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) compared with patients who only have OPLL. Methods Clinical charts and radiographs of all patients treated surgically from February 2004 to July 2012 for cervical myeloradiculopathy due to DISH with OPLL or OPLL alone were reviewed retrospectively. All patients were observed for a minimum of 1 year. Pre- and postoperative Nurick grades were assessed for all patients. Results Forty-nine patients underwent surgical treatment for cervical myeloradiculopathy due to OPLL, and 8 also had DISH (average 58.9 years, range 37 to 70). The DISH with OPLL group had a significantly higher proportion of subjects with diabetes mellitus (50 versus 9.8% in the OPLL-only group). Everyone in the DISH with OPLL group had continuous or mixed-type OPLL, whereas 78% of patients in the OPLL-only group had primarily segmental type. Operative treatments for patients in the DISH with OPLL group included laminoplasty, anterior decompression and fusion, and posterior laminectomy with fusion. By Nurick grade, 5 patients improved and 3 showed no change. Conclusion Patients with both DISH and OPLL had a higher prevalence of diabetes mellitus and either continuous or mixed-type OPLL classifications. Surgical outcomes were mostly satisfactory; there was no aggravation of symptoms after surgery during the follow up period.

DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1563722

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@article{Tauchi2016CervicalMD, title={Cervical Myeloradiculopathy due to Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament with versus without Diffuse Idiopathic Spinal Hyperostosis.}, author={Ryoji Tauchi and Sang-Hun Lee and Colleen M. Peters and Shiro Imagama and Naoki Ishiguro and K. Daniel Riew}, journal={Global spine journal}, year={2016}, volume={6 4}, pages={350-6} }