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July 1976

Diffuse Skeletal Abnormalities in Forestier Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill (Dr Utsinger), the Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Hospital, La Jolla, Calif (Dr Resnick), and the Department of Medicine, University of California, Davis (Dr Shapiro).

Arch Intern Med. 1976;136(7):763-768. doi:10.1001/archinte.1976.03630070011006

Forestier disease, or ankylosing hyperostosis, is a common disorder of middle-aged and elderly persons. Characteristic clinical and radiographic features enable the physician to distinguish between this disease and ankylosing spondylitis. The principal clinical features include aching spinal stiffness with relative preservation of function and minimal evidence of spinal immobility. Many patients have elbow and heel pain and dysphagia. Typical radiographic findings are ligament ossification, para-articular osteophytosis, and bone production at sites of tendon and ligament attachment in spinal and extraspinal locations. The extraspinal roentgenographic manifestations are so characteristic that when present, they allow the diagnosis of spinal ankylosing hyperostosis to be suggested, even in the absence of axial radiographs.

(Arch Intern Med 136:763-768, 1976)

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