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Definition of Tuberculous diskitis

Tuberculous diskitis: A tuberculosis infection of the spine that is seen most often in children. The main symptom is back pain. Untreated tuberculous diskitis can lead to inward or outward curvature of the spine. Imaging of the spine can find abscesses, some of which may have ossified (hardened). Also known as Pott's disease. Treatment involves antibiotics for extended periods.

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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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