Cervical intervertebral disc calcification in children

Yoon S. Hahn*, David G. McLone, David Uden

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Intervertebral disc calcification in children is a rare occurrence. The clinical symptoms and signs are distinctively confined to the cervical area with pain, limitation of motion, and torticollis. Long tract signs or radicular involvement are extremely unusual. CT scan and cervical spinal X-ray films shown the calcification to be in the nucleus pulposus with anterior or posterior mild protrusion into the spinal canal. Recovery without neurological sequelae is the rule in most of the pediatric cases with conservative treatment. Intervertebral disc calcification does not necessarily disappear with the onset of clinical symptoms. A case with persistent and even denser calcification at the same level of intervertebral disc space at the second episode of recurrence is illustrated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-277
Number of pages4
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 1987


  • Children
  • Conservative treatment
  • CT scan
  • Intervertebral disc calcification
  • Recurrence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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