Nuchal ligament ossification

Case contributed by Dr Domenico Nicoletti

Presentation

Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 67
Gender: Male
X-ray

Rx Cervical Spine

Presence of ossification of 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: 24th Jan 2019
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