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Aspiration Pneumonia Secondary to Giant Cervical Osteophyte Formation (Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis or Forrestier's Disease) : A Case Report

Marta Babores; J. P. Finnerty
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From the Department of Medicine, Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1UL, England

J.P. Finnerty, MBBS, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Department of Medicine, Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester, England CH2 1UL; e-mail: JFINNER@aol.com


1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1998;114(5):1481-1482. doi:10.1378/chest.114.5.1481
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Abstract

An 80-year-old man was admitted to the hospital with recurrent right-sided aspiration pneumonia, found on barium swallow to be due to diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (Forrestier's disease) of the cervical spine, with the formation of a giant cervical osteophyte. He was treated conservatively with a feeding gastrostomy. The medical literature concerning this unusual cause of dysphagia and aspiration pneumonia is reviewed.


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