Intervertebral disk calcification: an unusual cause of acquired torticollis in childhood

Pediatr Emerg Care. 1996 Oct;12(5):356-9.


Intervertebral disk calcification in children can result in a syndrome of neck pain, muscle spasm, and torticollis. Usually the clinical course is benign with spontaneous recovery; however, occasionally nerve root or spinal cord compression can be seen. We report a seven-year-old patient with symptomatic cervical disk calcification and briefly discuss the salient clinical and radiographic features.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Calcinosis / complications*
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Cervical Vertebrae* / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Intervertebral Disc* / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Spinal Diseases / complications*
  • Spinal Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Torticollis / etiology*
  • Torticollis / therapy