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J Rheumatol. 2004 Oct;31(10):2032-5.

The prevalence of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis in Korea.

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The Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.



To identify the prevalence of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) in a large Asian population group.


A total of 3595 subjects (1616 men and 1979 women) over 50 years of age, residing in 2 cities in Korea, were included in this study. The mean age of the study population was 64.25 +/- 9.06 years. We reviewed lateral chest radiographs through Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and identified DISH according to Resnick's and Julkunen's criteria.


One hundred and four (2.9%) of the 3595 subjects were diagnosed with DISH according to classical Resnick criteria. A slight increase in prevalence (4.1%) could be seen using Julkunen's criteria. The prevalence of DISH increased with age, except for the 90-99 year age group. Men were approximately 7 times more likely to have DISH than women using Resnick's criteria.


DISH is an age-related skeletal disorder whose overall prevalence is much lower in Koreans than in other Western populations. Interestingly, the prevalence of DISH was 7 times higher in men. We propose that ethnic factors are important elements in the prevalence of DISH.

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