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Intervertebral Disc Calcification in Childhood – A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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 The authors report the case of a 10-year-old girl with intervertebral disc calcifications from the levels C6/C7 to Th1/Th2, presenting with a herniated calcified intervertebral disc at the C7/Th1 level, causing spinal cord compression with subsequent progressive paresis and sensory loss of her left leg. After anterior cervical discectomy and fusion the neurological deficits completely resolved within 2 weeks. It can be concluded that calcification of an intervertebral disc is a rare syndrome in childhood, causing progressive neurological deficit only in a few reported cases. Although the treatment of choice is conservative, surgery is required in patients who develop progressive neurological deficit.

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Gerlach, R., Zimmermann, M., Kellermann, S. et al. Intervertebral Disc Calcification in Childhood – A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 143, 89–93 (2001).

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