Surgical treatment of lumbar ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Report of two cases and description of surgical technique.

@article{Tamura2005SurgicalTO,
  title={Surgical treatment of lumbar ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Report of two cases and description of surgical technique.},
  author={Mutsuhiro Tamura and Masafumi Machida and Daisuke Aikawa and Kentaro Fukuda and Hitoshi Kono and Yoshio Suda and Masanobu Shioda and Masashi Saito and Masaaki Yamagishi},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery. Spine},
  year={2005},
  volume={3 3},
  pages={
          230-3
        }
}
The authors report two cases of patients with lumbar ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). One patient underwent surgery via the single posterior approach, and the other patient underwent combined anterior-posterior surgery. The authors consider the anterior approach for excision of the ossified lesion to be the most reasonable for treatment of lumbar OPLL. It is extremely important, however, to select the surgical procedure according to the individual patient's condition. 

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