Development of Criteria Highly Suggestive of Spinal Tuberculosis

Gohar Javed, Altaf Ali Laghari, Syed Ijlal Ahmed, Sarosh Madhani, Ahmed Ali Shah, Faizuddin Najamuddin, Reehana Khawaja

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Background: In a developing country there is a need for development of criteria that can be used for the diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis, which is common in that region. Methods: Demographic, clinical, and radiologic features of spinal tuberculosis and spinal epidural tumors have been compared statistically, and inferences have been drawn in terms of P values, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values. Results: A statistically significant relationship was found between spinal tuberculosis and spinal pain, fever, gradually progressive lower limb weakness, contrast-enhancing epidural ± paravertebral lesions, continuous levels affected, spinal deformity, and raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Conclusions: These relationships were considered the most probable criteria for the diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1002-e1006
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018


  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • Spinal TB
  • Spinal deformity


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