Updated management strategy for patients with cervical osteophytic dysphagia

Alex B. Valadka, Wayne S. Kubal, Maurice M. Smith

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Anterior cervical osteophytes impinging upon the pharynx or esophagus constitute a rare cause of dysphagia. In severe cases, surgical removal of these osteophytes can provide symptomatic relief. We describe a patient of this type who failed to improve postoperatively, only to be found subsequently to have a carcinoma of the base of the tongue. To assist other clinicians in evaluating similar patients, and also to emphasize the great utility of modern radiologic techniques in these cases, we propose a diagnostic algorithm that incorporates magnetic resonance or computerized tomographic imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Carcinoma
  • Cervical spine
  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Dysphagia
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Osteophyte
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing


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