Forestier – Rotes Querol

What is it?

It is also called diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. It consists in the ossification-calcification of the anterior cervical longitudinal ligament, adhered to the cervical vertebrae.

Its origin is unknown and causes the growth of osteophytes (osseous tumours= that constrain the oesophagus, thus causing dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), which is the symptom for which the patient usually goes to the doctor.

How is it treated?

It can only be treated thorugh surgery. The procedure consists in the removal of the osteophytes through cervical approach.