Short course chemotherapy in the treatment of Pott's paraplegia.

Rajeswari Ramachandran; Rani Balasubramanian; Sivasubramanian, S.; Venkatesan, P.; Soundarapandiyan, S.; Shanmugasundaram, T.K.; Prabhakar, R.

Indian Journal of tuberculosis; 1989; 36; 113-115.

A study of spastic Pott's Paraplegia of recent onset with radiographically active spinal tuberculosis was carried out in collaboration with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Government General Hospital, Madras. A total of 33 patients were treated with 9-months' chemotherapy regimens with or without surgery. Complete neurological assessments were undertaken at various time points. Results during chemotherapy and up to 24 months of follow up from the start of chemotherapy are presented. Four patients died, two following surgery and two after myocardial infarction within a month after admission to study. The remaining 29 patients improved with short course chemotherapy of 9 months' duration and became ambulant. There were no relapses with spinal lesions requiring retreatment upto 24 months


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