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* Not a rare disease
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Ankylosing vertebral hyperostosis with tylosis
- DISH Forestier's disease
- Forestier disease
- Forestier-Rotes disease
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 Also known as Forestier disease, DISH causes stiffness in the upper back, and may also affect the neck and lower back. Some people experience DISH-associated inflammation and calcification (bone growth) at other areas of the body where tendons and ligaments attach to bone, such as at the heels, ankles, hips, shoulders, elbows, knees and hands. The exact cause of DISH remains unknown, although risk factors such as age, gender, long-term use of certain medications and chronic health conditions have been identified.Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a form of degenerative arthritis characterized by excessive bone growth along the sides of the vertebrae of the spine.
Last updated: 11/17/2013
- Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH). The Arthritis Society. 2013; http://www.arthritis.ca/page.aspx?pid=919. Accessed 11/14/2013.
- Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. November 2, 2012; http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/diffuse-idiopathic-skeletal-hyperostosis/DS00740/DSECTION=all&METHOD=print. Accessed 11/17/2013.
- The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library provides information on this condition. Click on the link to view the information.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research provides information about diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). Click on the above link to access this information.
- Medscape Reference has 2 references articles on this topic from the perspective of Radiology and Rheumatology. You may need to register to view the information online, but registration is free.
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- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.