Bryant & Stratton College Shirlene J. Gosek Anatomy and Physiology Instructor: Dr. Michael Chaplin December 11, 2013
Tuberculosis Spondylitis Pg. 1 of Pg. 1 Introduction Tuberculosis spondylitis disease also known as Potts ’disease is a rare infectious disease of the spine Which is typically caused by an extra-spinal infection. Potts’ disease is a combination of Osteomyelitis and arthritis which involves multiple vertebrae. The typical site of involvement is the anterior aspect of the vertebral body adjacent to the subcondral plate and occurs most frequently in the lower thoracic vertebrae. A possible effect of this disease is vertebra collapse of the spine and occurs anteriorly, anterior wedging results leading to kyphosis deformity of the spine. Other possible effects can include: compression fractures, spinal deformities and neurological insults, including paraplegia. In 2005 there were 8.8 million new patients with tuberculosis (TB) all over the word, and of these; 7.4 million were in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Involvement of the spine reportedly occurs In less than 1-2 % of patients who contract TB. Although the incident of tuberculosis increased in the late 1980s’to early 1990s’, the total number of cases has decreased...
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