Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed
Inflammation of the intervertebral disc space in children probably due to low grade bacterial or viral infection. Most commonly seen in the lumbar spine
Plain film findings lag behind symptoms. By three weeks after initial infection the disc space is partially decreased due to disc destruction. Over the next few months irregularity of adjacent endplates with reactive sclerosis is seen. The pedicles and lamina are not involved. After recovery there is often an increase in the AP dimension of vertebral body and an increase in disc height.
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