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Tuberculosis of the spine Potts disease presenting as compression fractures

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Location: http://www.nature.com/sc/journal/v40/n11/pdf/3101365a.pdf

Description: Spinal Cord (2002) 40, 604-608 B Dass, T A Puet and C Watanakunakorn
Conclusions: Although uncommon, spinal TB still occurs in patients from developed countries, such as the US and Europe. Back pain is an important symptom. Vertebral collapse from TB may be misinterpreted as 'compression fractures' especially in elderly women. Magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) is an excellent procedure for the diagnosis of TB spine. However, microbiologic diagnosis is essential. Mycobacterium tuberculosis may be cultured from other sites. Otherwise, biopsy of the spine lesion should be done for pathologic diagnosis, culture and stain for M. tuberculosis. Clinicians should consider Pott's disease in the differential diagnosis of patients with back pain and destructive vertebral lesions. Proper diagnosis and anti-tuberculosis treatment with or without surgery will result in cure.

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Author/Contact: Dass et al
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