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Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2009 Apr-Jun;19(2):132-4. doi: 10.4103/0971-3026.50831.

DISH of the cervical spine causing epiglottis impingement.

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Department of Radiology, S. Orsola University Hospital - via Massarenti 9, 40138, Bologna, Italy.


Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a condition characterized by calcification and ossification of ligaments and entheses; it mainly affects the vertebral column. We report the case of a patient with pharyngeal dysphagia and episodic aspiration secondary to DISH involvement of the cervical spine, which had caused alteration in the epiglottic tilt mechanism during deglutition.

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