KBB-Forum 2007 , Cilt 6, Sayı 1


Dr. Gaffar ASLAN1, Dr. Azmi HAMZAOĞLU2
1Florence Nightingale Hastanesi, Kulak Burun Boğaz Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
2Florence Nightingale Hastanesi, Ortopedi , İstanbul, Türkiye
Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (Forestier's Disease) is characterized by the formation extensive spinal osteophytes due to enchondral ossification of the paravertebral ligaments and muscles. Dysphagia resulting from mechanical obstruction is a symptom in the course of the disease. When dysphagia occurs, it follows a progressive clinical course. The treatment of choice is conservative in the early period and surgical excision of the osteophyte in the late symptomatic period. In this article, we present a case of Forestier's disease who had osteophytes in the C3-5 level narrowing the pharyngeal lumen. The patient's osteophytes were excised surgically by transcervical route and dysphagia has disappeared. Keywords : Dysphagia, paravertebral osteophyte