Longitudinal anterior ligament

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The ligamentum longitudinale anterius ("anterior longitudinal ligament"), known in animals as the ligamentum longitudinal ventral ("abdominal longitudinal ligament"), is a longitudinal ligament of the spine . It consists of tight collagenous connective tissue and connects the individual vertebral bodies with one another on their front and, in animals, on their underside. It skips the intervertebral discs and the marginal ridges of the vertebral bodies and thereby stabilizes the spine. In animals it is not developed over the entire spine, but begins at the eighth thoracic vertebra and extends to the sacrum .

The ligamentum longitudinal anterius is one of the long spinal ligaments along with the ligamentum longitudinal posterius , ligamentum supraspinale and ligamentum nuchae . According to another classification, it belongs to the ligamentum longitudinal posterius to the vertebral body ligaments , which are compared to the other, the so-called vertebral arch ligaments .

Hemorrhage into the longitudinal anterior ligament ( Simon's hemorrhage ) in the lumbar spine is a typical sign of death by hanging.


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