Back Pain in Childhood

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Sixty-one children with back pain presented to the authors' department between 1978 and 1984, accounting for less than 2% of referrals In this age group. Approximately 50% had serious spinal disease, yet clinical findings could be unreliable In distinguishing such patients. In the absence of compelling physical signs, children with normal radiographs, white cell count, and sedimentation rate can be treated symptomatically and observed for some months before more invasive investigations are considered.

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