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August 19, 1916

LOCALIZED OSTEOSPONDYLITIS

Author Affiliations

MEMPHIS, TENN.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(8):572-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590080022009
Abstract

During the past three years I have seen four cases with varying symptoms, showing certain local changes in the vertebra, which appear to be analogous to mon-articular ostearthritis, for which reason I have used the term "osteospondylitis." The condition is probably known to others as a limited spondylitis deformans of the hypertrophic type, but I can find no accurate description in literature.

The process is decidedly local and seems to be an affection of one intervertebral disk. The roentgenogram shows crescent shaped lamellae of bone, which are thrown from the body of one vertebra to its adjacent fellow, and may completely encapsulate the disk, producing soli external fixation ot two vertebrae, or only a part of the circumference may be involved. In some the bony bridge may be incomplete and connected by only one extremity to the vertebral body, and at times there may be no apparent

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