Frequency of magnetic resonance imaging patterns of tuberculous spondylitis in a public sector hospital
Objective: To determine frequencies of different MRI patterns of tuberculous spondylitis in a public sector hospital in Karachi.
Methods: This descriptive multidisciplinary case series study was done from October 25, 2011 to May 28, 2012 in Radiology Department and Department of Medicine in the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Karachi. MRI scans (dorsal / lumbosacral spine) of the Patients presenting with backache in Medical OPD, were performed in Radiology Department. Axial and sagittal images of T1 weighted, T2 weighted and STIR sequences of the affected region were taken. A total of 140 patients who were diagnosed as having tuberculous spondylitis were further evaluated and analyzed for having different patterns of involvement of the spine and compared with similar studies.
Results: Among frequencies of different MRI pattern of tuberculous spondylitis, contiguous vertebral involvement was 100%, discal involvement 98.6%, paravertebral abscess 92.1% cases, epidural abscess 91.4%, spinal cord / thecal sac compression 89.3%, vertebral collapse 72.9%, gibbus deformity 42.9% and psoas abscess 36.4%.
Conclusion: Contiguous vertebral involvement was commonest MRI pattern, followed by disk involvement, paravertebral & epidural abscesses, thecal sac compression and vertebral collapse.
How to cite this:Tabassum S, Haider S. Frequency of magnetic resonance imaging patterns of tuberculous spondylitis in a public sector hospital. Pak J Med Sci. 2016;32(1):171-175. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.321.8524
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