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March 1959

Calcification of Intervertebral Disks in Children

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich.
Department of Pediatrics, The Duke University College of Medicine, Durham, N. C.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;97(3):282-286. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070010284004

Calcification of intervertebral disks in children is a curious clinical and radiological entity. The purpose of this paper is to report two children with intervertebral disk calcification. The clinical manifestation, etiology, and pathological physiology are discussed, including differences in children as compared with adults.

Nineteen cases have been reported in children. The first, in 1924, was by Báron.1 Later, in 1954, Silverman reviewed eight and reported seven other cases.13 In 1954 two more cases were reported,12,17 and in 1957, two additional cases.6,18

Report of Cases  Case 1.—An 8-year-old Negro boy was admitted to Duke University Hospital. He had been born at this hospital of an uncomplicated "term" pregnancy, weighing 1,855 gm. Labor was short; low forceps were used in delivery. He remained in the premature nursery for three weeks and weighed 2,240 gm. on discharge, at which time the physical examination was negative. Blood from the