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Calvé's syndrome

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Aseptic epiphyseal necrosis with flattening of the vertebral bodies in children. It may be acute or insidious and is most frequent in boys. The condition is probably caused by diminished blood supply and resulting in fragmentation and collapse of the affected vertebrae. Eosinophilic granulomas may be the cause.


  • J. Calvé:
    Sur une affection particulière de la colonne vertébrale chez l'enfant simulant le mal de Pott. Ostéo-chondrite vertébrale infantile.
    Journal de radiologie, d'électrologie, 1925, 9: 22-27.
  • A localized affection of the spine suggesting osteochondritis of the vertebral body, with the clinical aspect of Pott’s disease.
    Journal of Bone Surgery, 1925, 7: 41-46.

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