Anterior longitudinal ligament

The anterior longitudinal ligament is a ligament that runs down the anterior surface of the spine. It traverses all of the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs on their ventral side.[1]

Anterior longitudinal ligament
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Median sagittal section of two lumbar vertebræ and their ligaments. (Anterior longitudinal ligament runs vertically at center left.)
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Anterior atlantoöccipital membrane and atlantoaxial ligament. (Anterior longitudinal ligament runs vertically at bottom center.)
Details
FromInferior Basilar Portion of Occipital Bone
ToSacrum
Identifiers
Latinligamentum longitudinale anterius
TA98A03.2.01.007
TA21679
FMA31893
Anatomical terminology

StructureEdit

The ligament is thick and slightly more narrow over the vertebral bodies and thinner but slightly wider over the intervertebral discs. This effect is much less pronounced than that seen in the posterior longitudinal ligament. The ligament actually has three layers: superficial, intermediate and deep. The superficial layer traverses 3 – 4 vertebrae, the intermediate layer covers 2 – 3 and the deep layer is only between individual vertebrae.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kayalioglu, Gulgun (2009-01-01), Watson, Charles; Paxinos, George; Kayalioglu, Gulgun (eds.), "Chapter 3 - The Vertebral Column and Spinal Meninges", The Spinal Cord, San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 17–36, doi:10.1016/b978-0-12-374247-6.50007-9, ISBN 978-0-12-374247-6, retrieved 2020-11-03

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