Background: We reported a patient with spinal tuberculosis and paralytic ileus. A 56-year-old Javanese male presented with lower limb paralysis and bowel obstruction 2 weeks prior to admission. He was found to have hypoalbuminemia and hypesthesia from the T7/T9 levels and below. Other than increased alanine aminotransferase, hematology and blood chemical tests were normal. MRI and plain abdominal radiographs confirmed the diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis at the T5/6 level and paralytic ileus. Tubercles in the lymphoid tissue of the intestinal submucosa were not seen. Conclusion: Paralytic ileus may occur in spinal TB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-603
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Neurosurgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Pott’s disease
  • inflammation
  • intestinal obstruction
  • paraplegia


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