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Medical Term:

diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis


a generalized spinal and extraspinal articular disorder characterized by calcification and ossification of ligaments, particularly of the anterior longitudinal ligament; distinct from ankylosing spondylitis or degenerative joint disease.

Synonym(s): ankylosing hyperostosis, Forestier disease, hyperostotic spondylosis

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