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Klin Padiatr. 1999 Sep-Oct;211(5):406-9.

[Spondylodiscitis in childhood].

[Article in German]

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Vestische Kinderklinik, Universität Witten-Herdecke.


Spondylodiscitis is a frequently unrecognized disease in childhood because of unspecific symptoms and late arising or radiological signs. The heterogeneous symptoms, the value of diagnostic procedures and the outcome of 8 patients suffering from spondylodiscitis in the time period of 1989 to 1995 are demonstrated. Guiding symptoms were back pain and refusal to walk or sit. Furthermore, abdominal pain and psoas abscess were the only symptoms in two cases. The pathogenomonical narrowing of the disc space arose in X-ray films earliest 3 weeks after onset of symptoms. The MRI was the best method for early diagnosis and detection of complications. In contrast to persistent radiological changes the clinical outcome was good in most of the patients.

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