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Lumbar disc herniation in early childhood: case report and literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12715195     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Lumbar disc herniation is a common condition in adults, uncommon in adolescents and exceptional below the age of 10 years. CASE REPORT: We report on a 6-year-old boy who presented with low-back pain and sciatica after having sustained an injury in a rear-end automobile accident. Due to our limited experience with protruded discs in this age group, we decided to be conservative initially. However, the persistence of incapacitating pain prompted surgical treatment. Operative findings consisted of a torn annulus, attached at one end to the cartilaginous plate, which formed a major portion of the extruded L5-S1 disc. DISCUSSION: A search of the literature yielded only four cases of lumbar disc (L4-5) protrusions in patients aged 9 years or younger. The child described here is one of the youngest patients with a lumbar disc rupture to be reported in the literature, and the first with an L5-S1 traumatic herniation.
Juan F Martínez-Lage; Víctor Fernández Cornejo; Francisco López; Máximo Poza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2003-03-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0256-7040     ISO Abbreviation:  Childs Nerv Syst     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-25     Completed Date:  2003-09-02     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503227     Medline TA:  Childs Nerv Syst     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  258-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unit of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Hospital Infantil Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, 30120 Murcia, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Intervertebral Disk Displacement / complications*,  diagnosis,  surgery
Low Back Pain / etiology
Lumbar Vertebrae* / surgery
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Nerve Compression Syndromes / etiology
Sciatica / etiology
Treatment Outcome

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