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Radiological Case of the Month

Radiological Case of the Month Abstract A 10-year-old boy was well until ten days prior to admission, when he had intermittent back and neck pain. The pain became more severe and eventually prevented him from getting out of bed. There was no history of trauma. On admission to the hospital, he was in moderate distress, with a straight back and torticollis. Neurological findings were normal and there were no signs of infection. Cervical spine roentgenograms (Fig 1) were obtained. Denouement and Discussion Cervical Disk Calcification in Childhood Calcification of the intervertebral disks in childhood is an uncommon but well-described entity occurring preponderantly in boys between 2½ and 11 years of age, the average being 8 years.1 The cause is unknown although it has occurred in association with congenital cardiac lesions, infection, ruptured intervertebral disks, bilateral cataracts, chalasia, and trauma.2 The disease is self-limiting. The C-6 disk is the one most commonly affected.1The duration of calcification prior to the onset of symptoms is seldom References 1. Morris J, Niebauer J: Calcification of the cervical intervertebral disc . Am J Dis Child 106:295-300, 1963. 2. Melnick JC, Silverman FN: Intervertebral disk calcification in childhood . Radiology 80:399-408, 1963.Crossref 3. Furukawa K, Hoshino R, Hasue M, et al: Cervical intervertebral-disc calcification in a child: Case report with seven-year follow-up . J Bone Joint Surg 59:A692-A693, 1977. 4. Sutton TJ: Calcification of intervertebral discs in childhood . J Pediatr 87:1008, 1975.Crossref 5. Mainzer F: Herniation of the nucleus pulposus: A rare complication of intervertebral-disk calcification in children . Radiology 107:167-170, 1973.Crossref 6. Newton TH: Cervical intervertebral-disc calcification in children . J Bone Joint Surg 40:A107-A113, 1958. 7. Swick HM: Calcification of intervertebral discs in childhood . J Pediatr 86:364-369, 1975.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1980 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130190067016
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Abstract

Abstract A 10-year-old boy was well until ten days prior to admission, when he had intermittent back and neck pain. The pain became more severe and eventually prevented him from getting out of bed. There was no history of trauma. On admission to the hospital, he was in moderate distress, with a straight back and torticollis. Neurological findings were normal and there were no signs of infection. Cervical spine roentgenograms (Fig 1) were obtained. Denouement and Discussion Cervical Disk Calcification in Childhood Calcification of the intervertebral disks in childhood is an uncommon but well-described entity occurring preponderantly in boys between 2½ and 11 years of age, the average being 8 years.1 The cause is unknown although it has occurred in association with congenital cardiac lesions, infection, ruptured intervertebral disks, bilateral cataracts, chalasia, and trauma.2 The disease is self-limiting. The C-6 disk is the one most commonly affected.1The duration of calcification prior to the onset of symptoms is seldom References 1. Morris J, Niebauer J: Calcification of the cervical intervertebral disc . Am J Dis Child 106:295-300, 1963. 2. Melnick JC, Silverman FN: Intervertebral disk calcification in childhood . Radiology 80:399-408, 1963.Crossref 3. Furukawa K, Hoshino R, Hasue M, et al: Cervical intervertebral-disc calcification in a child: Case report with seven-year follow-up . J Bone Joint Surg 59:A692-A693, 1977. 4. Sutton TJ: Calcification of intervertebral discs in childhood . J Pediatr 87:1008, 1975.Crossref 5. Mainzer F: Herniation of the nucleus pulposus: A rare complication of intervertebral-disk calcification in children . Radiology 107:167-170, 1973.Crossref 6. Newton TH: Cervical intervertebral-disc calcification in children . J Bone Joint Surg 40:A107-A113, 1958. 7. Swick HM: Calcification of intervertebral discs in childhood . J Pediatr 86:364-369, 1975.Crossref

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American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 1980

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