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Delayed C5 Palsy after Laminectomy and Fusion for Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament | OMICS International | Abstract
ISSN: 2165-7939

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Research Article

Delayed C5 Palsy after Laminectomy and Fusion for Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament

Darryl Lau and Paul Park*
Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Corresponding Author : Paul Park
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Michigan Health System
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5338
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received December 03, 2011; Accepted December 14, 2011; Published December 18, 2011
Citation: Lau D, Park P (2012) Delayed C5 Palsy after Laminectomy and Fusion for Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament. J Spine 1:104. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.1000104
Copyright: © 2012 Lau D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) can cause myelopathy. Laminectomy with fusion is one surgical option for the treatment of symptomatic OPLL. In this report, we present 2 illustrative cases of unilateral C5 palsy occurring in a delayed manner after posterior decompression for OPLL. Both patients were successfully treated with conservative management. incidence, potential etiology, management and outcomes for this potentially debilitating complication are reviewed.

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