Drug resistant TB spine in a two year old child: A case report

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Indian Journal of Tuberculosis

Spinal tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of high morbidity that is associated with deformity and neurological sequelae, especially in growing children. Children diagnosed with spinal TB need to be monitored closely for clinical improvements. Previous history of antituberculous therapy (ATT), poor adherence to previous ATT, contact with persons having known drug-resistant (DR) TB, or clinical worsening despite regular ATT are strong indicators for the diagnosis of DR TB of the spine. We report a case of spinal DRTB in a two year old child with no previous history of ATT and contact with a person on irregular treatment for drug sensitive TB that did not show regression of the spinal lesions despite standard ATT.

Giridharan P, Selladurai E, Balaji S, Pramila SK, V A, Shanmugam S, Hissar S, Natrajan M, Dooley KE, Daniel BD. Drug resistant TB spine in a two year old child: A case report. Indian J Tuberc. 2020 Jul;67(3):374-377. doi: 10.1016/j.ijtb.2019.09.007. Epub 2019 Oct 3. PMID: 32825872.