Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 365–366 | Cite as

Calcific discitis: MRI changes in discs without visible calcification

  • L. E. Swischuk
  • S. D. Stansberry


The syndrome of calcific discitis producing pain referable to the neck or back in children is not uncommon [1–5]. The diagnosis is accomplished on the basis of clinical findings and the radiographic demonstration of calcified intervertebral discs. We present a recent case of a young child who presented with typical clinical findings and demonstrated calcification in a thoracic intervertebral disc. MR examination, however, demonstrated pathologic changes in three other intervertebral discs which did not demonstrate calcification on plain roentgenograms.


Public Health Young Child Clinical Finding Pathologic Change Intervertebral Disc 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. E. Swischuk
    • 1
  • S. D. Stansberry
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Radiology and PediatricsThe University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyThe University of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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