Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 133–137

The imaging diagnosis of nonpyogenic discitis in children

  • M. Grünebaum
  • Ch. Horodniceanu
  • M. Mukamel
  • I. Varsano
  • E. Lubin
Originals

DOI: 10.1007/BF00971801

Cite this article as:
Grünebaum, M., Horodniceanu, C., Mukamel, M. et al. Pediatr Radiol (1982) 12: 133. doi:10.1007/BF00971801

Abstract

Nonpyogenic discitis (NPD) is diagnosed on radiograms by the demonstration of the narrow disc-space with involvement of the adjacent vertebral bodies, and with radioisotope — by showing the increased uptake at the same level. Four phases are recognised in the development of the imaging changes. The isotope scan is important, especially in the latent phase of the disease when the radiograms are still negative. Radiologists are urged to consider the possibility of NPD in any child with vague abdominal, leg or back complaints whose origin cannot be ascertained. The experience of imaging diagnosis in five children is described and the differential diagnosis is discussed.

Key words

Spine Vertebral body Disc-space Radioisotope of spine 

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© Springer-Verlag 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Grünebaum
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ch. Horodniceanu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • M. Mukamel
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • I. Varsano
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • E. Lubin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Pediatric RadiologyBeilinson Medical CenterPetah TiqvaIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Pediatrics “B”Beilinson Medical CenterPetah TiqvaIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear MedicineBeilinson Medical CenterPetah TiqvaIsrael
  4. 4.Tel Aviv University Sackler School of MedicinePetah TiqvaIsrael

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