Dysphonia, Stridor, and Dysphagia Caused By Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis: Case Report and Review of Literature

Document Type : CASE REPORT


1 Department of Orthopedics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Neurosurgery, Shariatic Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) also known as Forestier disease is a noninflammatory, systemic skeletal disease of unknown etiology. DISH is usually asymptomatic but may compress the posterior wall of the aero digestive tract and lead to dysphagia, globus, hoarseness, stridor, dyspnea, and neurological problems. Although dysphagia is not uncommon among the presenting symptoms of DISH but dysphonia and stridor are rarely reported. We report a 68-year-old man who presented with a history of progressive dysphagia over 1 year and recent dysphonia and stridor secondary to cervical osteophytes. We discuss the symptoms, radiological features, and management of this uncommon case of DISH in conjunction with review of literature.


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