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

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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.

(CHEST 1998; 114:1481-1482)

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