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Idiopathic intervertebral disc calcification in childhood
  1. M Calderone1,
  2. M Severino1,
  3. F R Pluchinotta2,
  4. T Zangardi3,
  5. G Martini2
  1. 1
    Neuroradiology Unit, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  2. 2
    Rheumatology Unit, Department of Paediatrics, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  3. 3
    Emergency Unit, Department of Paediatrics, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
  1. Dr Giorgia Martini, Paediatric Rheumatology Unit, University of Padova, Via Giustiniani 2, Padova 35128, Italy; martini{at}pediatria.unipd.it

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An 11-year-old girl presented with a 1-month history of back pain. Physical and neurological examinations were normal. Laboratory tests showed a mild increase in acute phase reactants, while x rays revealed a calcification in the pulpous nucleus of the D5/D6 intervertebral disc, confirmed by computerised tomography (fig 1A–C). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed herniation of the calcified …

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