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SA Orthopaedic Journal

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Abstract

KIGERA, JWM  and  ORWOTHO, N. Multifocal tuberculous spondylitis with rib involvement: a case report and review of the literature. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2011, vol.10, n.2, pp. 44-47. ISSN 1681-150X.

Tuberculosis is a common diagnosis in the developing world. Its incidence is increasing in the developed world due to immigrants from endemic regions, increased cases of immune-compromised patients, multi-drug resistance and low socio-economic status. Tuberculous spondylitis is the commonest extra-pulmonary manifestation of tuberculosis. The rib is only very rarely involved. We present a case of multifocal tuberculous spondylitis in the T6-9 and L3 regions with involvement of the ninth rib.

Keywords : tuberculosis; spine; ribs; surgery; multifocal.

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