A rare widespread tuberculous spondylitis extended from the T5-T10 levels - A case report

L. G. Evayanti, V. P. Kalanjati, A. Machin

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Tuberculous spondylitis is an infection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in the spine and might compromise the vertebrae. Patients often come to treatment at an advanced stage; whilst early diagnosis might be quite tricky. Twenty two years old male patient experienced a weakness, tingling and thickness in both lower limbs that worsened since 1 week before the admission. The imaging results of the multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT) with contrast and X-ray was obtained by impression of pulmonary tuberculosis and lead to the diagnosis of tuberculous spondylitis. Infection developed into a paravertebral abscess in the form of back swelling that is clearly observed at the radiological features with T5-T10 levels of lesion. In this case, neuropathology may be caused by compression of the spinal cord by the abscess; worsened by an ongoing infection and inflammation. Motor deficits might be due to the extended lesion in the anterior horn of the spinal cord; whilst the sensory deficits due to the posterior horn lesion. After medication with anti-tuberculosis and stabilization of the back, patient achieved significant improvement. This underlining the importance of basic anatomy knowledge and its clinical correlation for optimizing patient's diagnosis and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012323
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2018
Event3rd Annual Applied Science and Engineering Conference, AASEC 2018 - Bandung, Indonesia
Duration: 18 Apr 2018 → …


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