A Case of Posttraumatic Pott’s Disease


West Florida


Medical Center of Trinity

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Case Report

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spinal tuberculosis:, spinal trauma, tuberculosis spondylitis, skeletal tuberculosis, pott’s disease, tuberculosis


Bacterial Infections and Mycoses | Internal Medicine | Musculoskeletal Diseases


Tuberculosis infection, which is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), most commonly manifests in patients with respiratory systems. However, it can also colonize other tissues including skeletal. In our case, a 77-year-old Caucasian male presented to the emergency department following a rollover motor vehicle collision with chief complaints of neck and lower back pain. After clinical improvement and a preliminary negative workup, the patient was deemed stable for discharge. Four months later, the patient was subsequently admitted for worsening back pain with workup suspicious for T9 and T10 discitis osteomyelitis and abscess formation on computed tomography (CT). During this admission, spinal Mtb was confirmed by acid-fast stain and real-time polymerase chain reaction of a CT-guided disc space aspirate of a left paraspinal cystic collection at approximately T9-T10. Given these findings, the patient was subsequently put on standard four-drug therapy for Mtb. Our case demonstrates the importance of considering Pott’s disease in the diagnosis of lumbar spinal pain, especially in patients living in areas with high international migration and travel.

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