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Tuberculosis Of The Spine.

Spinal tuberculosis commonly affects children and young adults. It is characterized by spinal deformities, spasms, stiffness, tenderness, back pain, paraplegia, and cold abscess surrounding the lesion. Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Staphylococcus species are found to be the causative organisms. Hematogenous spread of these species in tuberculosis to the vertebral bodies is thought to cause spinal tuberculosis. It affects more than one vertebra, intervertebral disk space, and spinal elements, leading to gibbus formation, meaning palpable deformity due to the affected vertebral bodies. Antituberculous medications are used in their treatment.

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Is it right to have surgery for the compression present with bone tuberculosis?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has bone tuberculosis. He has compression in D4 to D5. He is bedridden now. Currently, he is taking medicine for TB. Is it necessary to do surgery or not? Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Goel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This condition is known as pott's spine. There is a presence of tuberculosis in the spine. It is managed by taking ATT (antituberculosis medication). It is not good to have surgery duri...  Read Full »

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