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Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Ankylosing vertebral hyperostosis with tylosis
  • DISH
  • DISH Forestier's disease
  • Forestier disease
  • Forestier-Rotes disease
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Your Question

I am 52 years old.  I have had this illness for almost ten years. I had anterior neck surgery in 2008 and posterior neck surgery in 2009, with four titanium screws. May I ask you to help me or to guide me so I can treat this illness?  Because of this illness I lost everything. I am now totally disabled.

Our Answer

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How might diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis be treated?

Treatment of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is focused on the signs and symptoms present in each person. For example, pain caused by DISH is often treated with pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others). Affected people with severe pain may be treated with corticosteroid injections.[1][2]

Physical therapy and/or exercise may reduce the stiffness associated with DISH and can help increase range of motion in the joints.[1][2]

In rare cases, surgery may be necessary if severe complications develop. For example, people who experience difficulty swallowing may need surgery to remove the bone spurs in the neck.[1][2]
Last updated: 5/11/2015

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Ankylosing vertebral hyperostosis with tylosis
  • DISH
  • DISH Forestier's disease
  • Forestier disease
  • Forestier-Rotes disease
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.