Thoracic myelopathy caused by calcified ligamentum flavum

Marco Giulioni, Mino Zucchelli, Stefania Damiani

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Calcification of the ligamentum flavum is a rare manifestation of the calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD). In CPPD deposition disease, spinal involvement is rare. Until now, thoracic spine CPPD causing thoracic cord compression has been reported in only sporadic cases. We report a new case of thoracic calcification of the ligamentum flavum. In our case, similar to the other reported cases, an affected middle-aged woman despite the clinical and MRI signs of myelopathy had an unexpected important and rapid improvement of the neurological picture. This condition should be considered in differential diagnosis of thoracic cord compression to offer the patient an early and useful surgical treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-505
Number of pages2
JournalJoint Bone Spine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007


  • Calcified ligamentum flavum
  • Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Thoracic myelopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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