Ligament soft tissue that connects and supports the bones of joints ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament opll is a condition in which a flexible structure known as the posterior longitudinal ligament becomes thicker and less flexible. Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament opll is typically an entity seen in patients of asian descent although it is seen in all ethnic groups it is characterised by as the name suggests ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament opll opll causes opll is a calcification of the soft tissues that connect the spinal bones which results in a narrowing of the spinal canal and compression of the cervical spinal cord the cause of opll is unclear at this point but we know people of asian heritage especially japanese have a . Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the spine opll is a condition that is characterized by the calcification of the soft tissues that connect the bones of the spine which may lead to compression of the spinal cordmany affected people do not have any signs or symptoms while others may experience mild pain or numbness in the arms and or legs. Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament opll is a process of fibrosis calcification and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament of the spine that may involve the spinal dura once considered a disorder unique to people of asian heritage it is now recognized as an uncommon disorder in a variety of patients with myelopathy
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