Cervical Disc Disease Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Michael B Furman, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Dean H Hommer, MD  more...
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DDx

Diagnostic Considerations

Mechanical etiologies include the following:

  • Cervical stenosis

  • Cervical zygapophyseal (facet) arthropathy

Infectious etiologies include the following:

  • Discitis

  • Epidural, subdural, or intradural abscess

Metabolic etiologies include the following:

  • Osteomalacia

  • Parathyroid disease

Rheumatologic etiologies include the following:

  • Polymyalgia rheumatica

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

  • Reiter syndrome

  • Enteropathic arthritis

  • Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis

Differential Diagnoses