Forestier’s disease is often called DISH or diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.

Forestier’s disease is a form of degenerative arthritis characteristically associated with flowing calcification along the sides of the vertebrae of the spine and commonly with inflammation (tendinitis) and calcification of the tendons at their attachments points to bone.


What are the symptoms of Forestier’s Disease?

Symptoms of DISH include intermittent pains in the areas of the bony changes of the spine and inflamed tendons. Stiffness and dull pain, particularly in the upper and lower back, are common. Sometimes pains in these areas can be sharp with certain body movements, such as twisting or bending over.

DISH is only slowly progressive. Calcifications between the vertebrae occur over many years. This calcification can lead to limitation of motion of the involved areas of the spine.

Prognosis of Forestier’s Disease

The prognosis is usually not affected in any adverse way, unless there are complications and associated joint or soft tissue problems.

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