Author(s): Enarson DA, Fujii M, Nakielna EM, Grzybowski S
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Abstract Although tuberculous disease of bones and joints is becoming uncommon, it still occurs and may cause devastating sequelae. It is frequently not diagnosed prior to the onset of permanent damage to the joints or spine; the most important reason for this delay may be the fact that it is not considered in the differential diagnosis of monoarthritis or back pain. Most persons with the disease have other evidence of tuberculosis. Not infrequently an aggressive approach (including synovial biopsy or surgical exploration of the back) is needed to confirm the diagnosis when there are no other clues.
This article was published in Can Med Assoc J
and referenced in Clinical Pharmacology & Biopharmaceutics