Tuberculosis of the Cervical Spine Presenting as “Compression Fracture”
Keywords:Tuberculosis, compression fracture, surgical treatment, cervical spine
An unusual case is reported in a 45-year-old man with tuberculosis of the cervical spine presenting as “compression fracture”. Following a trauma, she had neck pain, restricted neck movements, weakness and hypoesthesia of the left arm. Plain radiograms of the cervical spine revealed marked kyphosis and compression fractures of the fifth cervical vertebra. Magnetic Resonance Imaging demonstrated destruction of C5 vertebral body. Laboratory studies confirmed the diagnosis of Pott’ disease. The patient was operated urgently via the anterior approach and underwent corpectomy and fusion. Surgical treatment was combined with medical therapy. Postoperative course was uneventful.