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J Radiol. 2002 Sep;83(9 Pt 1):1025-34.

[Imaging of osteoarticular tuberculosis].

[Article in French]

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Service d'Imagerie MĂ©dicale, Hospital de la Croix Rousse, 103, Grande rue de la Croix Rousse, 69004 Lyon, France.



and methods. To perform an illustrated and educational review of musculoskeletal tuberculosis.


As the incidence of musculoskeletal tuberculosis still increases, a review appears justified. The following four main presentations are detailed and illustrated, by emphasizing the value of both CT and MR imaging: a) spine tuberculosis (~ 50%) commonly involves two adjacent vertebral bodies with usual large paravertebral abscesses. The following lesions are highly suggestive of tuberculosis: solitary vertebral involvement, solitary epidural abscess with or without erosive spondylitis; b) osteo-arthritis: peripherally located erosions at synovial insertions with gradual narrowing of the joint space are highly suggestive; c) osteomyelitis: unusual, may involve any bones; d) tenosynovitis and bursitis.


Imaging studies are essential for diagnosis and to assess the extent of musculo-skeletal tuberculosis.

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