Spinal Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis of spine is the commonest form of the disease after the one involving the lungs. Pain over the spine and back is the initial symptom, followed by weakness of the limbs due to compression of the spinal cord due to formation of pus and collapse of spine. Complete evaluation by MRI, followed by surgery at appropriate level results in rapid recovery and early return ot work. Surgery may have to be accompanied by insertion of spinal implants to achieve stability and pain free back. Complete course of antituberculous drugs is mandatory for cure.

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