Author(s): Martini M, Ouahes M
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Abstract The results of a computerized study of 652 cases of bone and joint tuberculosis were presented. The cases were studied according to a program of 76 variables. From the various results of such a study, the following data were found. A high rate of tuberculous osteomyelitis (19\%) and of tuberculosis of the upper limb joints (14\%) were found. The reliability of a new x-ray classification based on the degree of destruction of the joint should be emphasized along with the reliability of biological examinations. All patients were treated according to the same principles; chemotherapy against tuberculosis, and surgical measures against musculoskeletal destruction. The results were excellent for tuberculosis. A favorable response to chemotherapy was found in 98\% with only 3\% of the cases relapsing. Anatomical results were surprisingly good and excellent in 56\% of the cases, in spite of the low rate of surgery performed. Fair anatomical results often gave good functional results if no deformity persisted.
This article was published in Orthopedics
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