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Cervical spine anterior longitudinal ligament ossification in Omani population: a cross sectional study
Sultan Qaboos University
Department of Human & Clinical Anatomy, College of Medicine, SQU, Muscat
Dr. Omar Habbal
Dr. Srinivasa Rao S
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project with Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The anterior longitudinal ligament (ALL) arises from the antero-inferior basilar portion of occipital bone, traverses the entire length of the spine, and ends on the anterio-superior portion of the sacrum. The ALL runs along the anterior surface of the vertebral bodies (firmly united to the periosteum) and intervertebral discs (attaching to the anterior annulus). It prevents excessive extension of the spine. The exact pathogenesis of Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL ) is rather unclear. OPLL is often associated with several other entities: diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), ossification of the ligamentum flavum (ossification of the yellow ligament (OYL) as well as ankylosing spondylitis. OPLL is typically an entity seen in patients of Asian descent, although it is seen in all ethnic groups. The study is a retrospective observational study where cervical spine anterior longitudinal ligament ossification will be studied in plain neck radiographs of patients to determine the incidence. Study will be conducted on patients who visited Sultan Qaboos University hospital in the last five years (2012-2016), for diagnosis of various neck diseases. Aim of the project? To determine the epidemiology and etiology of anterior longitudinal ligament ossification. Techniques and methods are used: After obtaining approval from institutional ethical committee, plain neck radiographs of the patients will be observed manually to observe the ossfication of ligament.
What is the aim of the project?
To determine the epidemiology and etiology of anterior longitudinal ligament ossification.
What techniques and methods are used?
After obtaining approval from institutional ethical committee, plain neck radiographs of the patients will be observed manually to observe the ossfication of ligament.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Students will be observing neck radiographs of the patients and collect the data regarding the pattern of ossification in the cervical spine while keeping into consideration the length and angle and other parameters, Students will also collect information about patients’ demographics (gender, age, history of any pervious diseases and diagnosis from Sultan Qaboos University Hospital records. Students will also be analyzing the data to determine the incidence of anterior longitudinal ligament ossification.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Students must have basic anatomy knowledge.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students
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