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Supraspinous ligament

The supraspinous ligament runs along the tips of adjacent spinous processes and is particularly thick in the cervicothoracic region. Above the level C7 spinous process the ligament no longer directly attaches to the spinous process but rather continues as the nuchal ligament up to its attachment to the external occipital protuberance 1,2

Anatomy: Spine

Article information

rID: 36592
System: Spine
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Supraspinous ligaments

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: ligaments of the lumbar spine (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 2
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  • Figure 3: annotated image
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