Tuberc Respir Dis.  1998 Oct;45(5):1094-1097.

A Case of Forestier's Disease with Dyspnea

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Pusan National University, College of Medicine, Pusan, Korea.


Forestier's disease, also known as diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperstosis(DISH), is a peculiar type of senile ankylosing hyperostosis of the spine characterized by flowing ossification of the anterior and right lateral aspect of the vertebral column, particularly in the thoracic region Although these patients are typically asymptomatic, there is documentation of a number of extraspinal manifestations including dysphagia, respiratory distress, dysphonia and cervial myelopathy. We report a case of Forestier's disease presenting with dyspnea in a 57-year old man, who have chronic cervical pain and bronchiectasis. Forestier's disease was diagnosed by cervical spine X-ray, neck CT. The patient was treated with oral steroid and then improved.


Forestier's disease; Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis; Dyspnea
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