International Journal of Anatomy and Research

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Type of Article: Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 1 | Page No. 2080-2084

Date of Publication: 31-03-2016



Ashita Kaore *1, Ashish kamdi 2, M.P Fulpatil 3.

*1 Assistant Professor, Professor & Head3 , Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical college , Durg, Chattisgarh, India.
3 Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.

Address: Dr. Ashita Kaore , Assistant Professor , of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Mobile No. +919096609763


Introduction: The anterior longitudinal ligament is a broad and strong band of fibrous tissue that runs along the anterior surfaces of the bodies of the vertebra extending from the axis to the upper, pelvic surface of the sacrum.
Aim of the study: The present study was undertaken to evaluate the incidence of ossified anterior longitudinal ligament in adult dry human vertebra in central india.
Materials and Methods: This study was carried out on 50 sets of dry human vertebral columns irrespective of age and sex at  Government medical college, Nagpur ,Maharashtra ,India.
Results: It was observed that out of 50 sets of vertebral columns, 8 (16%) vertebral columns showed ossification. Out of 8 vertebral columns, 2 (4  %) vertebral columns showed segmental type of ossification, 4(8%) vertebral columns showed continuous type of ossification and 3 (6 %) vertebral columns showed mixed type of ossification at different vertebral level.
Conclusion:  ossification of anterior longitudinal ligament in vertebrae noted in this study may increase the stiffness of the backbone and the restriction of thorax mobility for respiratory movements and may lead to development of pulmonary diseases. Such type of ossification in the lumbar region affects the biomechanics of the lumbar spine and results in low back pain, kyphosis, scoliosis. Ossification at the level of the 5th lumbar vertebra and sacrum may lead to increased risk for advanced disc degeneration or disc herniation above the vertebrae. Hence, knowledge of such abnormalities should be kept in mind to minimise serious complications in any surgical intervention or investigative procedures in the region.
KEY WORDS: Ossification, Anterior longitudinal Ligament, Vertebrae, Thorax mobility, Respiratory movements.


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Ashita Kaore, Ashish kamdi, M.P Fulpatil. OSSIFIED ANTERIOR LONGITUDINAL LIGAMENT: A STUDY IN ADULT HUMAN DRY VERTEBRA IN CENTRAL INDIA. Int J Anat Res 2016;4(1):2080-2084. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2016.149




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