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JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGICAL SCIENCES
A Journal on Neurosurgery
Indexed/Abstracted in: e-psyche, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Neuroscience Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), Scopus
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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2006 September;50(3):75-7
Cervical anterior hyperostosis: a rare cause of dysphagia. Report of 3 cases
Montinaro A., D’Agostino A., Punzi F., Cantisani P. L.
Neurosurgical Unit, “V.Fazzi” Hospital, Lecce, Italy
Disorders of the cervical spine rarely cause dysphagia and/or dysphonia. Exuberant osteophytosis, secondary to diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, also referred to as Forestier’s disease, seems to be the predominant cause. Forestier’s disease is a non inflammatory enthesopathy, of unknown etiology, ossifying the anterior longitudinal ligament of the spine, sparing the discs, and usually affecting older men. We describe the successful surgical treatment of 3 cases, over the course of 26 years, observed in our Neurosurgical Unit.