Cervical osteophytes

Michael I. Orestes, Richard W. Thomas, Siddharth U. Shetgeri, Langston T. Holly, Dinesh K. Chhetri

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Cervical osteophytes are an uncommon cause of dysphagia. This typically affects the elderly population. Dysphagia is primarily attributable to the location of the osteophytes, typically by impairing mobility of the epiglottis and/or the opening of the upper esophageal sphincter. While the vast majority of patients are asymptomatic, patients with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis and multifactorial dysphagia can be significantly symptomatic leading to weight loss and aspiration. Multiple treatment options can be used including observation, swallow therapy, endoscopic partial epiglottidectomy, transoral removal of the osteophytes, and transcervical resection.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDysphagia Evaluation and Management in Otolaryngology
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780323569309
ISBN (Print)9780323569361
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical spine surgery
  • Computed tomography
  • DISH
  • Dysphagia
  • FEES
  • Osteophytes


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