Attention has been called to a destructive lesion of the spine in children which involves the intervertebral disc. The disorder is similar to osteomyelitis of the spine, but because of the infrequent and minimum vertebral involvement, it is believed that the condition should be regarded as a separate entity. A series of sixteen patients is presented and the clinical picture and roentgenographie findings are described. The etiology, although not definitely established, is very likely infectious. Trauma to the spine in the presence of transient bacteremia may play a role in the pathogenesis.
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