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Intervertebral-Disc Calcification in Childhood A DISTINCT CLINICAL SYNDROME
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From the Children's Hospital of the East Bay and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California School of Medicine, University of California Medical Center, San Francisco
1964 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1964 Oct 01;46(7):1432-1441
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Review of 2,355 roentgenographic studies of the spine at Children's Hospital of East Bay revealed six cases of intervertebral-disc calcification which were noted to be associated with typical clinical findings. Another case was discovered recently. The following diagnostic criteria for the syndrome of intervertebral-disc calcification emerged from this study: (1) pain, local or referred, (2) limitation of motion, (3) evidence of inflammation, (4) calcification of the intervertebral disc visible on roentgenogram, (5) pediatric age group only, and (6) self-limited course. The effectiveness of conservative therapy is emphasized. Long-term follow-up of six patients revealed abnormalities in the cervical spine in four.

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