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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The long-term outlook (prognosis) for people with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is usually considered good since it does not lead to a shortened lifespan. However, people with DISH are at risk of certain complications, such as:
- Disability: Loss of range of motion in the affected joint can make it difficult to use that joint.
- Difficulty swallowing: Bone spurs associated with DISH in the neck (cervical spine) can put pressure on the esophagus, making it difficult to swallow or breath during sleep (sleep apnea).
- Paralysis: DISH that affects the ligament running up the outside of the spine (posterior longitudinal ligament) can put pressure on the spinal cord. Spinal cord compression may result in a loss of feeling and paralysis.
Last updated: 5/11/2015
- 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.
- Bruce M Rothschild, MD. Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis. Medscape Reference. March 2015; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1258514-overview.