Asian Journal of Neurosurgery

CASE REPORT
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1021--1029

Acute calcific discitis or symptomatic calcified schmorl's node of the upper thoracic spine in an adult: A case report and literature review


Prasert Iampreechakul1, Punjama Lertbutsayanukul2, Narupat Suanprasert3 
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Prasat Neurological Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Neuroradiology, Prasat Neurological Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
3 Department of Neurology, Prasat Neurological Institute, Bangkok, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Prasert Iampreechakul
Department of Neurosurgery, Prasat Neurological Institute, 312 Rachawithi Road, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
Thailand

We describe a patient with acute calcific discitis following symptomatic Schmorl's node (SN) of upper thoracic spine. A 28-year-old female suffered from sudden severe pain in mid-thoracic, left scapular area, radiating to her chest. Plain radiography of the thoracic spine showed calcification in T3–4 intervertebral disc space. Computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine demonstrated calcification of the T3–T4 nucleus pulposus, migrating into the inferior of T3 vertebral body with reactive bone marrow edema. By conservative treatment with multidrug therapy, the pain subsided and disappeared in 3 months. Follow-up CT scan and MRI of the thoracic spine confirmed complete resolution of calcified SN and reactive bone marrow edema.


How to cite this article:
Iampreechakul P, Lertbutsayanukul P, Suanprasert N. Acute calcific discitis or symptomatic calcified schmorl's node of the upper thoracic spine in an adult: A case report and literature review.Asian J Neurosurg 2019;14:1021-1029


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Iampreechakul P, Lertbutsayanukul P, Suanprasert N. Acute calcific discitis or symptomatic calcified schmorl's node of the upper thoracic spine in an adult: A case report and literature review. Asian J Neurosurg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 30 ];14:1021-1029
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