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Free Content Late onset paraplegia—a sequela to Pott's disease. A report on imaging, prevention and management [Case Report]

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Late onset paraplegia is a neurological complication that develops after a variable period in a patient with healed tuberculous disease of the vertebrae. In this retrospective analysis clinical features, imaging in diagnosis and treatment of this condition are described among 5 cases seen over a period of 5 years. This complication occurred even after successful treatment of initial spinal lesions with rifampicin-containing regimens. Magnetic resonance imaging was useful in pinpointing the exact pathology; one case had syrinx and two cases had marked internal gibbus with cord atrophy. Of the two cases who accepted surgical treatment, one improved.

Keywords: imaging; late onset paraplegia; prevention

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Tuberculosis Research Centre, Madras, India 2: Orthopaedic Department, Government General Hospital, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India

Publication date: October 1, 1997

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