Vertebral Distribution of Pott's Disease of the Spine among Adult Sudanese Patients in Khartoum, Sudan
American Journal of Health Research
Volume 2, Issue 3, May 2014, Pages: 93-96
Received: Feb. 28, 2014; Accepted: Apr. 28, 2014; Published: May 10, 2014
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Elwathiq Khalid Ibrahim, Faculty of Medicine, Kassala University, Kassala, Sudan
Elbashir Gusm Elbari Ahmed, Faculty of Medicine, Kassala University, Kassala, Sudan
Nour Eldaim Elnoman Elbadawi, Faculty of Medicine, Kassala University, Kassala, Sudan; Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Kassala, Kassala, Sudan
Mamoun Majzoub Mohammed, Faculty of Medicine, Kassala University, Kassala, Sudan
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This was a cross-sectional hospital-based study conducted at Neurology Department, Shaab Teaching Hospital, Khartoum in a period of two years. The aim of the study was to determine the most affected region of the spine in adult Sudanese patients with Pott's disease. Hundred patients with clinical suspicion of spinal TB were enrolled in the study. Clinical history and examination, investigations for TB and imaging studies were performed. Midthoracic spines (T5 – T8) and lower thoracic spines (T9 – T12) were found to be the most regions affected with tuberculosis. In 20 cases (20%) the disease affected the upper thoracic vertebrae (T1 – T4) and in 12 cases (12%) it was in the lumbar spines. Only four patients (4%) were having cervical spinal tuberculosis. The higher affection of the mid thoracic and lower thoracic levels of the spine was thought to be attributed to infection from combination of haematogeneous, lymphatic and direct invasion.
Pott's Disease, Spinal Tb, Skeletal Tuberculosis, Kyphosis
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Elwathiq Khalid Ibrahim, Elbashir Gusm Elbari Ahmed, Nour Eldaim Elnoman Elbadawi, Mamoun Majzoub Mohammed, Vertebral Distribution of Pott's Disease of the Spine among Adult Sudanese Patients in Khartoum, Sudan, American Journal of Health Research. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2014, pp. 93-96. doi: 10.11648/j.ajhr.20140203.13
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