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Intervertebral Disk Infections in Children

Henry D. Rocco, MD; Edward J. Eyring, MD, PhD
Am J Dis Child. 1972;123(5):448-451. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110110076003.
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One hundred and fifty-five cases of intervertebral disk infection were collected both from the literature and from the authors' records. Five clinical symptom complexes characterize the syndrome. These are back, hip-leg, meninges, abdomen, and irritable child. Many cases were misdiagnosed initially because of the similarity of symptoms to those of other conditions. The disease is peculiar to children, probably because of a special blood supply to the disk which atrophies with age. Treatment is empirical.

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