Late treatment of tuberculosis-associated kyphosis: literature review and experience from a SRS-GOP site

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Boachie-Adjei O., Papadopoulos E. C., Pellise F., Cunningham M. E., Sanchez Perez-Grueso F., Gupta M., ...More

EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL, vol.22, pp.641-646, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00586-012-2338-4
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.641-646
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Spinal tuberculosis (TB) accounts for approximately half of all cases of musculoskeletal tuberculosis. Kyphosis is the rule in spinal tuberculosis and has potential detrimental effects on both the spinal cord and pulmonary function. Late-onset paraplegia is best avoided with the surgical correction of severe kyphosis, where at the same time anterior decompression of the cord is performed and the remnants of the tuberculosis-destroyed vertebral bodies are excised.