Cervical myeloradiculopathy due to ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament with versus without diffuse idiopathic spinal hyperostosis

Ryoji Tauchi, Sang Hun Lee, Colleen Peters, Shiro Imagama, Naoki Ishiguro, K. Daniel Riew

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Study Design Retrospective study Objectives Assess demographics, ossification characteristics, surgical outcomes, and complications in patients with both diffuse idiopathic spinal hyperostosis (DISH) and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) compared with patients who only have OPLL. Methods Clinical charts and radiographs of all patients treated surgically from February 2004 to July 2012 for cervical myeloradiculopathy due to DISH with OPLL or OPLL alone were reviewed retrospectively. All patients were observed for a minimum of 1 year. Pre-and postoperative Nurick grades were assessed for all patients. Results Forty-nine patients underwent surgical treatment for cervical myeloradiculopathy due to OPLL, and 8 also had DISH (average 58.9 years, range 37 to 70). The DISH with OPLL group had a significantly higher proportion of subjects with diabetes mellitus (50 versus 9.8% in the OPLL-only group). Everyone in the DISH with OPLL group had continuous or mixed-Type OPLL, whereas 78% of patients in the OPLL-only group had primarily segmental type. Operative treatments for patients in the DISH with OPLL group included laminoplasty, anterior decompression and fusion, and posterior laminectomy with fusion. By Nurick grade, 5 patients improved and 3 showed no change. Conclusion Patients with both DISH and OPLL had a higher prevalence of diabetes mellitus and either continuous or mixed-Type OPLL classifications. Surgical outcomes were mostly satisfactory; there was no aggravation of symptoms after surgery during the follow up period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-356
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Spine Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Cervical myeloradiculopathy
  • Diffuse idiopathic spinal hyperostosis (DISH)
  • Ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL)
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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