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Q. What does my mother's CT scan suggest about her back pain?

Answered by
Dr. Nagaraj Patil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 24, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 02, 2021

Hi doctor,

My mother has been having back pain in the area of ribs for the past three months. She had a CT chest, which showed lytic lesions in D9, D10, and L1. She also had a PET-CT. Her ESR, CBP, RFT and LFTs are normal.

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  • The history of a chronic backache for three months with CAT scan showing lytic lesions and histology (attachment removed to protect patient identity) suggestive of granulomatous inflammatory changes suggest mostly tuberculosis of the spine.
  • The patient has to take antitubercular medicines for 9 to 12 months based on how she responds.
  • I would like to know a few more things like whether your mother had TB in lungs in the past? Does she suffer from any neurological features like weakness in legs, tingling, numbness, etc?
  • If yes, then she has to be given intravenous steroids to minimize the damage to spinal nerves and also surgical intervention may be required if there is evidence of nerve compression.

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