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East Florida


HCA Florida Aventura Hospital


Infectious Disease

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spinal tuberculosis, tuberculous spondylitis, bacterial infections


Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Infectious Disease | Internal Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences


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Introduction: An ancient disease identified in Egyptian and Peruvian mummies, tuberculous spondylitis caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is considered the most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) [1,5]. Despite the identification of the causative agent, the improvement in diagnostic tools, the production of the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, and the development of antimicrobial regimens since the disease was first described, it remains a major health burden today with significant morbidity and mortality among developing countries [5]. Spinal TB can lead to severe deformity and permanent neurological deficits, as such early recognition and hastened treatment are necessary to prevent irreversible damage [1,2]. Here we describe the case of a 24-year-old immigrant male who presented with worsening back pain found to have spinal TB confirmed through PCR testing.

The Re-Emergence of an Ancient Disease: A Case Presentation of Spinal Tuberculosis



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