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Ann Clin Neurophysiol > Volume 4(1); 2002 > Article
Ann Clin Neurophysiol. 2002; 4(1): 66-68.
A Case of Thoracic Intercostal Neuralgia due toOssification of the Ligamentum Flavum
Dong Kuck Lee, and Ji Eun Kim
Copyright © 2002 The Korean Society of Clinical Neurophysiology
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ABSTRACT
Ossification of the ligamentum flavum(OLF) is not infrequent in the cervical and lumbar regions but is very rare inthe thoracic spine. We reported a 62-year-old women with left thoracic intercostal neuralgia due to an OLF. Physicaland neurological examination were normal. MRI showed an OLF with compression of the thecal sac in the posterolateralaspect of the T9-T10 level. Laminectomy and removal of the ligament resulted in marked clinical improvement. OLFis known to cause thoracic radiculomyelopathy, but presentation with intercostal neuralgia only is very rare.
Key words: Ossification of the ligamentum flavum, Intercostal neuralgia
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