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Have spine tuberculosis, low back pain. Is surgery needed?

Hi Doctor, My dad is suffering with Spine tuberculosis .... we just came to know a week ago . it initially started with low back pain . Now after all the tests are doen like MRI, bone scan, CT guided biopsy it was discovered that he is having spine TB.. Now he is suffering with pain which is un bearable. i Need to know is their a surgery needed. what medication needs to be taken. As of now he is taking AKT4 along with Benadon. please guide me.
Asked On : Fri, 17 Aug 2012
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Nov 2013
Hi Anusha,
Thank you for writing about your dad's problem. Generally, spine TB does not require surgery. Surgery is indicated if there is presure over spinal cord (which can be seen on the MRI) with impending paralysis of hands and feet. Also, if there is an abscess (collection of pus), it needs to be drained by surgery. However, in other cases of spine TB, 18 months of Anti-TB treatment will be enough.
Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
Answered: Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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