publication . Other literature type . Article . 2007

Anterior Cervical Osteophytes Causing Dysphagia and Dyspnea: An Uncommon Entity Revisited

Giger, Roland; Dulguerov, Pavel; Payer, Michael;
  • Published: 10 Jan 2007
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
Large anterior cervical osteophytes can occur in degeneration of the cervical spine or in diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). We present the case of an 83-year-old patient with progressive dysphagia and acute dyspnea, necessitating emergency tracheotomy. Voluminous anterior cervical osteophytes extending from C3 to C7 and narrowing the pharyngoesophageal segment by external compression and bilateral vocal fold immobility were diagnosed radiologically and by fiberoptic laryngoscopy. Surgical removal of all osteophytes led to the resolution of symptoms. Dyspnea with or without dysphagia caused by hypertrophic anterior cervical osteophytes is an uncomm...
Subjects
free text keywords: Anterior cervical osteophytes, Dyspnea, Deglutition, Deglutition disorders, Speech and Hearing, Gastroenterology, Otorhinolaryngology, Swallowing, Emergency tracheotomy, Cervical spine, Medicine, business.industry, business, Laryngoscopy, medicine.diagnostic_test, medicine.medical_specialty, Dysphagia, medicine.symptom, Surgery, Physical therapy, Acute dyspnea, Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis, ddc:616.8
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