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June 1985

Dysphagia and Forestier's Disease

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine and Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(6):400-402. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800080086012

• Dysphagia is a common complaint of patients seen by otolaryngologists. Cervical osteophytes have been widely reported as a cause of dysphagia. Recently, Forestier's disease (vertebral ankylosing hyperostosis or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis) has also been identified as a cause of dysphagia. Two patients had dysphagia due to Forestier's disease. Their barium esophagograms demonstrated narrowing of the esophagus due to the vertebral osteophytes and their computed tomographic scans show the extent of the osteophyte deformity.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1985;111:400-402)

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