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Discitis

Definition

Diskitis is swelling (inflammation) and irritation of the space between the bones of the spine (intervertebral disk space).

Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Difficulty getting up and standing
  • Increased curvature of the back
  • Irritability
  • Low-grade fever (less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Refusal to sit up, stand, or walk (younger child)
  • Stiffness in back
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