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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-100

Spinal Tuberculosis (Pott's disease) Mimicking Paravertebral Malignant Tumor in a Child Presenting with Spinal Cord Compression


1 Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, SB Ankara Children's Hematology Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Pathology, SB Ankara Children's Hematology Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

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Suna Emir
Department of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, SB Ankara Children's Hematology Oncology Training and Research Hospital, Ankara
Turkey
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2727.105590

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Paravertebral tumors may interfere with the radiological and clinical features of spinal tuberculosis. We report a case of a 3-year-old boy with spinal tuberculosis who was initially misdiagnosed as having a paraspinal tumor. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was made on the basis of intraoperative findings and confirmed by histopathology. This case highlights the importance of awareness of the different radiographic features of spinal tuberculosis, which can mimic a spinal malignancy. In order to avoid delayed diagnosis, pediatricians and radiologists must be aware of spinal tuberculosis, which may interfere with other clinical conditions.


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