Multilevel Cervicothoracic and Lumbar Pott’s Disease: About Three New and Unusual Cases in the Rheumatology Department of the Teaching Hospital of Cocody in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

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ABSTRACT

Pott’s disease usually affects two contiguous vertebrae or two spinal levels. The involvement of the three cervicothoracic and lumbar levels is rarely described. Only three cases have been described in the literature to our knowledge. The authors report three new cases of tuberculous spondylodiscitis of cervicothoracic and lumbar site. Our three cases were characterized by symptoms similar to the other topographical forms of Pott’s disease. A predisposing factor is often identified like the infection with human immunodeficiency virus. The definitive diagnosis was made in two cases by identifying acid and alcohol-fast bacilli for one case and by histology for the other case. For the third case, there was a diagnostic presumption reinforced by the satisfactory outcome on tuberculosis chemotherapy for a period of 12 months. The multilevel nature of diseases does not influence the effectiveness of treatment of this form of spinal tuberculosis.

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Diomandé, M. , Kouakou, E. , Mégné, T. , Gbané-Koné, M. , Coulibaly, A. , Eti, E. and Kouakou, M. (2015) Multilevel Cervicothoracic and Lumbar Pott’s Disease: About Three New and Unusual Cases in the Rheumatology Department of the Teaching Hospital of Cocody in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire). Open Journal of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases, 5, 23-27. doi: 10.4236/ojra.2015.52005.

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