Article Abstract

Two cases of tuberculous spondylodiscitis: a rare manifestation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis

Authors: José Antonio de Jesús Batún-Garrido, Marisol Salas-Magaña, Oscar Alejandro García-Padrón, Nicolás Valencia-Serrano


Osteoarticular manifestations of tuberculosis are the third manner of presentation of extrapulmonary tuberculosis with a frequency less than 5%, being the main site affected the axial skeleton. This is known as tuberculous spondylodiscitis or Pott’s disease, preferably appearing in the dorsal region (1,2). Pott’s disease was first described in 1799 by Percivall Pott as “That kind of palsy of lower limbs witch is frequently found to accompany a curvature of the spine”; but it is known to be one of the oldest diseases to mankind dating back to Egyptian mummies in 3400 BC.