• Vertebral osteophytosis is a proliferation of bone that occurs within the intervertebral ligaments at their insertions into the apophyseal rings of the vertebral bodies and gives the effect of lipping in roentgenograms.
It is sometimes asymptomatic. When painful symptoms do occur, they are likely to return with variable intensity at intervals during a period of two to four years. If they occur in the thoracic region, differential diagnosis is urgent because the pain may simulate that of coronary disease and other important conditions. Uncomplicated vertebral osteophytosis is self-limited, responds easily to rest and support, and only occasionally requires palliative measures.
Bick EM. VERTEBRAL OSTEOPHYTOSISA CLINICAL SYNDROME. JAMA. 1956;160(10):828–829. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960450010002
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