Can a giant cervical osteophyte cause dysphagia and airway obstruction? A case report.
Summary of "Can a giant cervical osteophyte cause dysphagia and airway obstruction? A case report."
Cervical spondylosis is a common disorder mainly affecting elderly people. It frequently presents with excessive bone formation (osteophytes). These may lead to pain and neurological deficits due to root compression. Dysphagia and airway obstruction due to a giant anterior osteophyte of the cervical spine are extremely rare. We present the case of an 81-year-old patient suffering from dysphagia and slight dyspnoea due to a giant cervical osteophyte. Osteophyte resection was performed and the patient was relieved from symptoms. This case highlights that a large cervical osteophyte may, albeit rarely, be the cause of simultaneously presenting dysphagia and dyspnoea, and should, therefore, be included in the diagnostic workup in such cases.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Hospital Amalia Fleming, Athens, Greece, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Name: Wiener klinische Wochenschrift
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21484285
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00508-011-1564-9
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