An unusual cause of dysphagia: "DISHphagia"

Br J Neurosurg. 2015 Apr;29(2):275-6. doi: 10.3109/02688697.2014.977777. Epub 2014 Nov 14.


Progressive dysphagia and dyspnoea presenting after major neck trauma can occasionally be secondary to post-traumatic inflammation and mass effect associated with a calcified osteophytic anterior longitudinal ligament, a frequent finding in diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, though rarely enough to cause such symptoms. In these circumstances, surgical decompression may prove effective.

Keywords: anterior longitudinal ligament; cervical spine; diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis; dysphagia; dyspnoea.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
  • Decompression, Surgical* / methods
  • Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Hyperostosis, Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal / diagnosis
  • Hyperostosis, Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal / surgery*
  • Male
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
  • Treatment Outcome