Spinal tuberculosis deserves a place on the radar screen
Robert F. McLain, MD
Director, Spine Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Carlos Isada, MD
Department of Infectious Disease, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Address: Robert F. McLain, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, A41, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail email@example.com
ABSTRACTSpinal involvement may be the first manifestation of tuberculosis and the problem that drives the patient to seek medical care. Spinal tuberculosis (often called Pott's disease) is by definition advanced disease, requiring meticulous assessment and aggressive systemic therapy. Physicians should keep the diagnosis in mind, especially in a patient from a group with a high rate of tuberculosis infection.