Nuchal ligament ossification

Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti


Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Cervical spine

Presence of ossification of the nuchal ligament.

Case Discussion

Nuchal ligament is important for maintaining the lordotic alignment of the cervical spine and stabilizing the head during movement of the cervical spine.

Ossification of the nucal ligament manifests as a radio-opaque formation in the soft tissues just posterior to the spinous process of the cervical spine.

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Case information

rID: 65772
Published: 24th Jan 2019
Last edited: 16th Nov 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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