Childhood intervertebral disc calcification

Childs Nerv Syst. 1993 Jul;9(4):233-8. doi: 10.1007/BF00303576.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Calcinosis / diagnosis*
  • Calcinosis / etiology
  • Cervical Vertebrae / pathology*
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc / pathology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Scoliosis / diagnosis
  • Scoliosis / etiology
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Diseases / etiology
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / pathology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed