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Pediatric intervertebral disk calcification in childhood: three case reports and review of literature.
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PMID:  19424706     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Intervertebral disk calcification is a rare childhood disease. The etiology of disk calcification in children remains unclear. CASE REPORTS: We report three cases of children with cervical disk calcification. Their clinical manifestations are very different. The first patient mainly had a neurological deficiency. The second had neck pain and muscular deficit of the left musculus deltoideus. The third had isolated strong neck pain. By presenting these three cases, we want to recall the different symptoms that correspond to this disease and discuss the decisions to be made in regard to radiological investigation and treatment. DISCUSSION: Healing takes place spontaneously after several days, and the calcifications disappears after about 6 months after a stage of fragmentation. Conservative treatment by immobilization of the spine and analgesic therapy are sufficient. Operative treatment should be reserved for severe radicular pain or for significant and persistent sensorimotor deficits from either root or spinal cord compression.
Charlotte Lernout; Hervé Haas; Amandine Rubio; Jacques Griffet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-05-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1433-0350     ISO Abbreviation:  Childs Nerv Syst     Publication Date:  2009 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-29     Completed Date:  2009-09-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503227     Medline TA:  Childs Nerv Syst     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1019-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatric Emergency Care, University Hospital Archet 2, BP 3079, 06202 Nice cedex 3, France.
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MeSH Terms
Calcinosis / complications,  diagnosis*,  therapy*
Cervical Vertebrae
Diagnosis, Differential
Intervertebral Disk*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Movement Disorders / etiology
Neck Pain / etiology
Paresis / etiology
Spinal Diseases / complications,  diagnosis*,  therapy*
Spine / pathology,  radiography

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