Skeletal tuberculosis
Authors
Malcolm McDonald, PhD, FRACP, FRCPA
Daniel J Sexton, MDSection Editors
Daniel J Sexton, MD
C Fordham von Reyn, MD
Deputy Editor
Elinor LBaron, MD, DTMH
Last literature review version 18.3: septiembre 2010 | This topic last updated:enero 21, 2010 (More)
INTRODUCTION — Tuberculosis (TB), including skeletal tuberculosis,is an ancient infection based upon evidence from remains.
* The typical features ofspinal TB have been identified in Egyptian mummies dating back to almost 4000 BC [1].
*Analysis of 483 pre-Columbian skeletons from Chile showed lesions consistent with bonytuberculosis in 2 percent [2].
* DNA analysis revealed Mycobacterium tuberculosis in avertebral lesion of a 12 year-old girl who lived about 1000 AD [2].
The major clinical issuesrelated to skeletal TB will be reviewed here.
EPIDEMIOLOGY — Bone and joint infection may [continua]

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