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Korean J Pediatr 2010 May;53(5) :657-660.
A childhood case of spinal tuberculosis misdiagnosed as muscular dystrophy
Doo Il Song (Song DI)1, Su Ye Sohn (Sohn SY)1, Yun Kyung Kim (Kim YK)1, So Hee Eun (Eun SH)1, Young Jun Rhie (Rhie YJ)1, Gi Young Jang (Jang GY)1, Chan Wook Woo, (Woo, CW)1, Byung Min Choi (Choi BM)1, Jung Hwa Lee (Lee JH)1, Bo Kyung Je (Je BK)2
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Radiology, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Yun Kyung Kim ,Email:
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Tuberculosis is primarily a pulmonary disease, but extra-pulmonary manifestations are not uncommon, especially in children and adolescents. Ten percent of extra pulmonary tuberculosis localizes to the bones and joints, and 56% of such cases affect the spine. We treated a childhood case of spinal tuberculosis misdiagnosed as muscular dystrophy in a patient without specific constitutional symptoms. We report this case because the patient had an unusual presentation of spinal tuberculosis.
Keywords: Spinal tuberculosis | Neurologic manifestations | Muscular dystrophy | Children
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