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Accidents of the Embryo:

Spina Bifida and Variations at Birth

Chapter 8

Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament – OPLL
The ligament between the vertebrae and the spinal dura is called the posterior longitudinal ligament. Ossification – or bone formation - in the ligament can compress the spinal cord. The existence of OPLL requires special planning for surgeries done from the front of the cervical spine.