When was diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) first identified?

Updated: Oct 23, 2018
  • Author: Bruce M Rothschild, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey D Thomson, MD  more...
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Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) was first described in 1948 by Forestier and Rotes-Querol in a report on nine patients, ranging in age from 50 to 73 years, who suffered from spinal rigidity and had exuberant osteophytes on radiologic studies. These authors termed the condition senile vertebral ankylosing hyperostosis. [4]

DISH is well represented in the zoologic and paleontologic record. It is found in 1-3% of baboons and monkeys, as well as in gorillas, bears, camels, horses, bison, musk oxen, canids, felids, and whales [5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] ; DISH was also present in dinosaurs. [12, 13, 14] An age-dependent phenomenon, it occurs in 15-25% of older mammals.


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