Anterior longitudinal ligament
|Ligament: Anterior longitudinal ligament|
|Median sagittal section of two lumbar vertebræ and their ligaments. (Anterior longitudinal ligament runs vertically at center left.)|
|Anterior atlantoöccipital membrane and atlantoaxial ligament. (Anterior longitudinal ligament runs vertically at bottom center.)|
|Latin||ligamentum longitudinale anterius|
|Gray's||subject #72 288|
The ligament is thick and slightly more narrow over the vertebral bodies and thinner but slightly wider over the intervertebral discs which is much less pronounced that 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.
- Atlas of anatomy at UMich back_bone25 - "Vertebral Column, Dissection, Anterior & Posterior Views"
- 1127546937 at GPnotebook
- Norman/Georgetown lesson7
- Diagram at spineuniverse.com