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Pott's Spine-What you need to know


Potts disease which is also generally known as tuberculosis spondylitis. It refers to a rare infectious disease of the spine that is caused by an extraspinal infection.

Potts spine is found in 1% of all the cases of tuberculosis. (1)

Potts spine is
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Laboratory tests or imaging always required
- Can last for months to a year, depending upon the treatment

Early diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis spondylitis has an importance in preventing the complications of this disorder.


The most common symptoms of Potts spine are as follows:
- Back pain
- Muscle spasms
- Restricted spinal movement
- Spinal deformity
- Localized tenderness
- Neurological deficits
- Impaired sensation
- Fever
- Weight loss
- Night sweats


Self-care: There are no such home remedies that can be applied to prevent the development of this disease. It is best to consult a doctor if the symptoms are seen aggravating.

Medication: The duration of the treatment varies from 6 months to 1 year. Doctors might prescribe isoniazid and rifampin, which are administered for the whole course. They may also recommend additional drugs such as pyrazinamide, ethambutol, and streptomycin. If an effective chemotherapy is started at an early stage of this disease, then it can help to reduce the complications caused by the disease.

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