Spinal tuberculosis: Diagnostic biopsy is mandatory
Atypical TB presentation is common (30%) but it is still mandatory that laboratory confirmation is made with biopsy of the spinal lesion to avoid incorrect treatment.
Three cases highlight incorrect diagnosis of spinal TB in patients with associated pulmonary TB and confirm that diagnostic biopsy of the spine is mandatory.
Ian Zondagh, AOSpine Fellow, Groote Schuur Hospital
Robert Dunn, University of Cape Town
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Date published: 2008-05-14
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