Noncontiguous multi-tiered spinal tuberculosis associated with sternal localization: A case report

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Background: Tuberculous spondylodiscitis is a frequent localization of tuberculosis. Multi-tiered involvement and an association with sternal localization are rare. Case presentation: We report a case of multi-tiered tuberculous spondylodiscitis with sternal localization in an immunocompetent 41-year-old Arab woman who had inflammatory bilateral sciatica L5 and S1 and a history of low back pain caused by a trauma. Radiography, computed tomography, and a vertebral biopsy were useful for diagnosis. She reacted well to anti-bacillary treatment despite the occurrence of multiple paravertebral and subcutaneous abscesses. The medullar magnetic resonance imaging control performed at 4 months, 12 months, and 1 year after the end of treatment showed a favorable evolution. Conclusions: To avoid the delay of diagnosis, especially in our endemic context, tuberculosis must be evoked usually. This will improve the prognosis of our patients.

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Erraoui, M., Amine, B., Tahiri, L., El Binoune, I., Bahha, J., & Hajjaj-Hassouni, N. (2017). Noncontiguous multi-tiered spinal tuberculosis associated with sternal localization: A case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13256-017-1323-2

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