oa South African Medical Journal - Pott's disease

Volume 25, Issue 31
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The preponderance of the human strain of the tubercle bacillus in skeletal infection is indicated. The theories of haematogenous and lymphatic spread to vertebral foci are discussed. The various pathological types of involvement and their consequences are descriptionbed. A plan for the use of antibiotics and chemotherapy is submitted. The case is argued for conservative and against operative treatment in the evolutionary stage of the disease. The principles of after-care are discussed. The treatment of complications is detailed. The care of paraplegics is descriptionbed and the necessity emphasized for radical operative measures when indicated.

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