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September 1932


Arch Surg. 1932;25(3):544-549. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160210113007

Vertebral osteochondritis is a disease of the body of the vertebra which occurs during the first decade of life and is analogous to osteochondritis and epiphysitis occurring in other bones during the period of growth. The condition was described by Calvé1 in 1924 and by Buchman2 in 1927. In a more recent article, Calvé3 reviewed the known instances, his summary disclosing the fact that only eight cases are on record. I shall present the history of a patient observed at the Willis C. Campbell Clinic in whom the clinical and roentgenologic manifestations correspond in every particular to those in the cases reported previously. This patient had, in addition to the spinal syndrome, a cyst in the upper end of the right femur.


History.  —D. P., a boy, aged 4 years, was referred by his local physician for examination on Jan. 17, 1930. The