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Radiology Forum
January 2001

Diagnosis Quiz Case 1

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(1):85. doi:

Ankylosing vertebral hyperostosis, described in 1950 by Forestier and Rotes-Querol, has been more recently and more accurately called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). It occurs in individuals who are usually older than 50 years and is characterized by ossification of the anterior and right lateral aspects of the vertebral column, more often in the middle and lower thoracic regions. This ossification may also occur in the cervical region and produce osteophytes large enough to cause dysphagia.1

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