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

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 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00586-012-2338-4
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.641-646


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.