Journal article

Spinal Tuberculosis: Clinicoradiological Findings in 274 Patients

Suzaan Marais, Izanne Roos, Ayesha Mitha, Sepelong J Mabusha, Vinod Patel, Ahmed Bhigjee

CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major cause of myelopathy and radiculopathy in settings with a high prevalence of tuberculosis/human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) coinfection. However, a paucity of publications exists on the spectrum of neurological and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings of spinal tuberculosis in these populations. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of adults with spinal tuberculosis at a referral center in South Africa for patients with spinal disease without bony involvement seen at plain film radiography. We report the clinical, laboratory and spinal MR imaging findings, compare HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected patients, and correlate clinical and..

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