DISH Syndrome

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis is a disease of new bone formation in ligaments, tendons and joint capsule. It is estimated to affect about 5% population above 40 years of age. Large flowing bony growths near vertebrae are typically seen on X-ray. Similar hard bony growths may be palpable near heel, knee and elbow. DISH-SyndromeDiabetes, osteoarthritis and some other diseases may accompany DISH syndrome. Although most patients do not have any symptoms, spinal pain and stiffness can limit movements to a significant extent. The bony growths can compress nerves emerging from spine and minor trauma can lead to spinal fracture. There is no satisfactory therapy for DISH syndrome except pain killers, exercise and surgery in cases of neurological complications.

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