Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis [DISH]

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Diffuse idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis [DISH]


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Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis [DISH]

This is where there is calcification of the spinal ligaments and the most common part to be affected is the thoracic [chest] spine. It may also be accompanied by general calcification of other ligaments and tendons. The symptoms are stiffness of the neck and back with decreased movement but pain is not the most marked symptom. The cause is not known but the prevalence of DISH is higher in people diabetes than the general population, especially in people with Type 2 diabetes who are obese.

Treatment – There is no evidence that good diabetic control delays the onset or improves the condition. Treatment is physiotherapy, aspirin or ibuprofen