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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 2006 September;50(3):75-7

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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