Dorsolumbar junction spinal tuberculosis in an infant - Case report

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Tufan K., Dogulu F., Kardes O., Oztanir N., Baykaner M.

JOURNAL OF NEUROSURGERY, cilt.102, sa.4, ss.431-435, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 102 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3171/ped.2005.102.4.0431
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.431-435


The treatment of spinal tuberculosis is a challenging and controversial problem. The authors present the rare case of an 8-month-old infant with dorsolumbar junction tuberculosis. The child did not sit or stand and a hump was noted on his back. Radiological evaluations demonstrated destruction by a tuberculous abscess of the T-12 and L-1 vertebral bodies, extending into the psoas muscles and spinal canal. In addition to medical therapy, radical debridement and grafting were performed via an anterolateral approach. The follow-up period was 2 years. The difficulties in the management of spinal tuberculosis in infants are discussed.