Diffuse Iliopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

A few patients with DISH may develop the following complications:

  • Myelopathy (spinal cord compression)
  • Rarely, dysphagia may result from the pressure of the overgrown ligamentous calcification on the esophagus
  • Cervical compression due to formation of osteophytes in the cervical spine
  • Rarely, osteophytes in the thoracic spine can compress bronchii, the larynx and trachea, and the inferior vena cava.
  • Vertebral fractures may result from reduced flexibility of the vertebral column

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