Pott's disease with bilateral paraspinal abscesses

Shiu-Dong Chung, Bin Chiu, Hsiao-Chun Chang, Jwo-Luen Pao
2009 International Journal of Infectious Diseases  
A 36-year-old Taiwanese female presented with a six-month history of upper-back pain. Blood tests, including an inflammatory profile, were within normal limits. Plain film of a spinal X-ray disclosed a destructive lesion of the twelfth thoracic spine. Consistent with these findings, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine revealed a bilateral paravertebral abscess (Figure 1, arrowheads) , as well as severe spondylodiscitis with destruction of the vertebrae of the twelfth thoracic spine
more » ... h thoracic spine (Figure 1, arrow) . The paravertebral abscess was drained and culture of the paravertebral fluid revealed infec-
doi:10.1016/j.ijid.2008.12.001 pmid:19185526 fatcat:oaekeikmzffknjqe6la36wvxzy