Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis
(DISH or Forestier's Disease)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Catherine Burt Driver, MD
Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.
- Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis facts
- What is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
- What causes diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
- What are symptoms and signs of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
- How is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
- What is the outlook (prognosis) for patients with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
- Can diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis be prevented?
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) facts
- DISH is characterized by unique, flowing calcification along the sides of the contiguous vertebrae of the spine.
- Symptoms of DISH include intermittent pains and stiffness in the areas of the bony changes of the spine and inflamed tendons.
- DISH is diagnosed when the characteristic flowing calcifications are detected with images of the spine, such as in plain film X-ray methods.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can be helpful in both relieving pain and inflammation of DISH.
What is diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is considered a form of degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis. However, DISH is characterized by unique, flowing calcification along the sides of the contiguous vertebrae of the spine. And, very unlike typical degenerative arthritis, it's also commonly associated with inflammation (tendinitis) and calcification of tendons at their attachments points to bone. This can lead to the formation of bone spurs, such as heel spurs. In fact, heel spurs are common among individuals with DISH. DISH has also been called Forestier's disease.
What causes diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis?
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