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JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES
Rivista di Neurochirurgia
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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2002 June;46(2):96-9
Ossification of the ligamentum flavum in a Caucasian. Case report
Celli P., Caroli E., Trillò G., Ferrante L.
Department of Neurosurgical Sciences, 2nd Chair of Neurosurgery, Policlinico Umberto I, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome
There have been few reports of ossification of the yellow ligaments causing spinal cord compression in Caucasian population. This disease is described mainly in Japanese patients and is termed as “Japanese disease”. We describe the case of a 58-year-old Caucasian male with progressive paraparesis. Radiographic features were suggestive of ossification of the yellow ligaments in the lower thoracic level causing spinal cord compression. Early decompressive laminectomy and removal of the ossified ligament resulted in a marked clinical improvement. The etiological hypothesis, epidemiological, histological, clinical and radiological features of this disease are reviewed.