Which age groups are at greatest risk for diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH)?

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) is uncommon in patients younger than 50 years and is extremely rare in patients younger than 40 years.

A study from Finland [26] revealed the age frequency in Finnish men to be as follows:

  • 40-49 years - 0.3%
  • 50-59 years - 2.7%
  • 60-69 years - 8.4%
  • 70 years or older - 11.2%

The same study revealed the age frequency in Finnish women to be as follows:

  • 40-49 years - 0.2%
  • 50-59 years - 1.7%
  • 60-69 years - 4.3%
  • 70 years or older - 6.9%

In a study of community-dwelling men (n = 630) and women (n = 961), mean age 71.5 years, from the Rancho Bernardo Study, DISH was present in 25.6% of men and 5.5% of women. [24]


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