Journal Article

Advanced Multifocal Tuberculous Spondylitis without Disk Involvement and with Multidrug-Resistant Bacilli

Albert Neher, Werner Kopp, Gabriele Berna, Johannes Frank and Martin Kohlhäufl

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 45, issue 8, pages e109-e112
Published in print October 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/521931
Advanced Multifocal Tuberculous Spondylitis without Disk Involvement and with Multidrug-Resistant Bacilli

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In this brief report, we describe a 23-year-old immunocompetent Nigerian patient with extensive multifocal tuberculous spondylitis without disk involvement. Cultures of sputum samples and biopsy samples from the L4 vertebra were positive for tuberculosis; drug-susceptibility testing of the isolates revealed multidrug resistance. Treatment with second-line drugs resulted in an excellent interim outcome after 6 months, without the need for surgical intervention.

Journal Article.  1759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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