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Idiopathic Intervertebral Disc Calcification in a Child

An Atypical Case Involving Many Segments

He, Bo, MD1; Nan, Guoxin, PhD1; Wang, Zhongliang, PhD1; Su, Yuxi, MD1; Qin, Jiaqiang, PhD1,a

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.N.00258
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Case: A seven-year-old girl presented to the emergency department with severe neck pain and restricted movement of sudden onset. A basic neurological examination supplemented by radiography showed calcification within the intervertebral disc at the C6-C7 level. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging of the spine confirmed the diagnosis and revealed additional calcification within the spine at the C3-C4, C7-T1, T1-T2, T4-T5, and T5-T6 levels.

Conclusion: Idiopathic intervertebral disc calcification is a rare condition in children, and its etiology remains unclear. In this report, we present a rare case of idiopathic intervertebral disc calcification at numerous levels in a seven-year-old girl. The clinical and radiographic findings, laboratory examination, and follow-up are discussed.

1Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Child Development and Disorders, Key Laboratory of Pediatrics in Chongqing, Chongqing International Science and Technology Cooperation Center for Child Development and Disorders, and Department of Orthopaedics, Children’s Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Yuzhong District Zhongshan 2 Road 136, Chongqing 400014, China.

aE-mail address for J. Qin: qinjqvip@126.com

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