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“Thickened” ligamentum flavum caused by laminectomy

Fatma Bahar Hacıoğlu Kasım, Ozgur Tosun, Emin Kasım, Karabekir Ercan, Aliye Tosun, Halil Arslan, Mustafa Karaoğlanoğlu
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.03.007
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2015;49(3):145-149.

open access

Vol 49, No 3 (2015)
Original research articles
Submitted: 2015-02-20

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a laminectomy on the adjacent ligamentum flavum (LF) by measuring LF thickness using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Materials and methods

A total of 78 patients (31 man, 47 woman) with laminectomy were included in our study. After determination of laminectomy level, measurements were done from the thickest parts of the bilateral LF at the upper level of the laminectomy where bilateral facet joints were evident at the slice.

Results

Ipsilateral ligamentum flavum with laminectomy was significantly thicker than the contralateral ligamentum flavum with laminectomy.

Conclusion

Laminectomy cause thickening of ligamentum flavum. Therefore we assume that it should kept in mind that LFH may develop at the adjacent level to the laminectomy and careful clinical and radiological assessments’ should be done to exclude LFH in cases who complain about the recurrence of complaints during the post-operative period after laminectomy.

Abstract

Objective

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a laminectomy on the adjacent ligamentum flavum (LF) by measuring LF thickness using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Materials and methods

A total of 78 patients (31 man, 47 woman) with laminectomy were included in our study. After determination of laminectomy level, measurements were done from the thickest parts of the bilateral LF at the upper level of the laminectomy where bilateral facet joints were evident at the slice.

Results

Ipsilateral ligamentum flavum with laminectomy was significantly thicker than the contralateral ligamentum flavum with laminectomy.

Conclusion

Laminectomy cause thickening of ligamentum flavum. Therefore we assume that it should kept in mind that LFH may develop at the adjacent level to the laminectomy and careful clinical and radiological assessments’ should be done to exclude LFH in cases who complain about the recurrence of complaints during the post-operative period after laminectomy.

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Keywords

Laminectomy, Magnetic resonance imaging, Ligamentum flavum

About this article
Title

“Thickened” ligamentum flavum caused by laminectomy

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 49, No 3 (2015)

Pages

145-149

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.03.007

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2015;49(3):145-149.

Keywords

Laminectomy
Magnetic resonance imaging
Ligamentum flavum

Authors

Fatma Bahar Hacıoğlu Kasım
Ozgur Tosun
Emin Kasım
Karabekir Ercan
Aliye Tosun
Halil Arslan
Mustafa Karaoğlanoğlu

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