Childhood intervertebral disc calcification

B. Theo Mellion, John P. Laurent, William C. Watters, III

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Two cases of intervertebral disc calcification in children are reported. A 13-year-old boy presented with right subscapular pain radiating into the axilla with radiographic demonstration of multiple calcified intervertebral discs and a herniated fragment of calcified nucleus pulposus at T2-3. His condition improved with conservative therapy, and follow-up radiographic evaluation revealed resolution of the herniated calcified disc material. A second case of multiple intervertebral disc calcifications was observed incidentally in an asymptomatic 6-year-old boy. The clinical presentation of this condition, its incidence, natural history, proposed etiologies, treatment options, and outcome are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-238
Number of pages6
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1993


  • Calcification
  • Children
  • Intervertebral disc
  • Nucleus pulposus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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