Thoracic Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament also known as Thoracic OPLL is a medical disorder that addresses abnormalities in the thoracic vertebrae of the spinal cord. The thoracic vertebrae are the upper and middle portion of the spinal cord and it consists of 12 nerves corresponding to specific portions of the cord. The structure that supports the spinal cord by maintaining stability and runs through the vertebral column is called the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament.
Thoracic OPLL denotes the occurrence of unusual growth of bone inside the spinal cord of the thoracic region. It means there is a disposition of bone tissues on the posterior side of the thoracic region inside the spinal cord. The emergence of Thoracic OPLL leads to the following occurrences-
The exact cause of the occurrence of Thoracic OPLL has not yet been determined. However, it can be attributed to genetic disorders or environmental factors taking place around an individual. Based on the severity of the problem, a neurosurgeon will guide the patients to the best possible treatment which may include medication, physical therapies, or sometimes, surgery.
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