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May 1972

Intervertebral Disk Infections in Children

Author Affiliations

Columbus, Ohio
From the Department of Orthopaedics, Children's Hospital and the Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(5):448-451. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110110076003

One hundred and fifty-five cases of intervertebral disk infection were collected both from the literature and from the authors' records. Five clinical symptom complexes characterize the syndrome. These are back, hip-leg, meninges, abdomen, and irritable child. Many cases were misdiagnosed initially because of the similarity of symptoms to those of other conditions. The disease is peculiar to children, probably because of a special blood supply to the disk which atrophies with age. Treatment is empirical.