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Pott’s Disease: 

Pott’s Disease Lauren Mott Brett Steininger Stephen Worrel 10/07/12

Various Types: 

Various Types Categorized based on type of infection: - Pyogenic (Staph Aureus usually) 2 -Parasitic 2 - Granulomatus (TB, fungal, etc) 2

Vertebral Osteomyelitis: 

Vertebral Osteomyelitis Also known as Tuberculous Osteomyelitis , Tuberculous Spondylitis , and Pott’s Disease 3 Occurs secondary to tuberculous lesions that have spread and infected the spine. 3 While TB is most common cause in the spine, pyogenic infection secondary to Staph Aureus is the second most common. 2

Common Sites: 

Common Sites L ower thoracic spine Upper Lumbar Spine


Pathogenesis Infection of the bone via TB Slow deterioration of vertebral body, usually the anterior aspect 3 Penetrates the vertebral body and forms an abscess that spans several vertebrae, thus spreading the infection. 3


Incidence Pott’s Disease is usually found in individuals <20 years of age beginning in early childhood. 2,3

Signs and Symptoms: 

Signs and Symptoms Back pain 3 Sitting or standing is painful 3 Forward bending is painful 3 Muscle guarding in the local area 2,3 Tenderness in local area 2,3 Gibbus Formation/ Kyphotic posture 3,5 Possible neurological deficits 2

Signs and Symptoms: 

Signs and Symptoms Vary greatly depending on stage of infection, damage to vertebral bodies, and extent of deformity already present.

Lab Results: 

Lab Results Specificity for this disease is difficult to obtain through lab work C-reactive Protein is thought to be the best marker for infection 2 WBC count is actually the least reliable lab result with only one half to a third of the population showing elevation in lab results. 2

Physical Exam: 

Physical Exam Tenderness over affected area 2,3 Increased muscle guarding over area of discomfort 3 Pain with active movement, namely, forward bending 3 Forward bending kyphotic posture 3,5


Imaging Radiography- Often used to screen but can show early degeneration as well as bone destruction in the latter stages. 2,3 MRI- The best option for imaging with Pott’s Disease. Provides best overall detail of anatomy within the spine. 1,2 CT Scan- Distant second to MRI but still useful. 2


Radiograph A. A/P view of lumbar spine 6 B. Lateral view of lumbar spine 6 C. Lateral view of thoracic spine 6 (Next Slide)




Alignment Thoracic Spine- Approximately T5/T6 destruction causing severe anterior deviation of thoracic kyphosis , vertebral bodies above T5/6 show wedged shape and are no longer horizontal but veritcal until about T7 where extreme cervical extension brings all spinous processes in contact. 6 Lumbar spine- Destruction of L2 causing decreased space of L1/2 and L2/3. Minimal SBR with compensation of L rotation at L1-L4. 6

Bone Density: 

Bone Density Thoracic Spine- Obvious decrease in density of the cervical and thoracic vertebrae down to approximately T10 and possibly further. Total destruction of the T6 vertabrae . Noted increase in radiodensity of vertebral endplates from T10-12. 6 Lumbar spine- Decreased density throughout lumbar spine most notable in L2 with collapse of the L2 vertabrae. 6

Cartilage Space: 

Cartilage Space Thoracic Spine- Abnormal and deceased intervertebral space at T5/6 and surrounding segments T4/5 and T6/7. Anterior fanning of vertebral bodies from C6-T4 with noted decreased space between spinous processes at those segments. 6 Lumbar Spine- deceased intervertebral space of L2/3 and L3/4 and noted erosion of the lower anterior portion of L3. 6

Soft Tissue: 

Soft Tissue Thoracic Spine- Nothing notable Lumbar Spine- Areas of increased radiodensity anterior to the lumbar and lower thoracic vertebrae possibly indicative of inflammation. Increased radiodensity of periosteum indicating osteomyelitis .




Findings T1 weighted image Destruction and collapse of the L3 and L4 vertbral bodies Possble nerological issues secondary to impingement of the cauda equina Inflammation surround the L3/L4 segments noted as change in radiodensity . Periosteal reaction of the posterior aspects of the lumbar spine. Axial view showing changes within the vertebral body indicating possible abcesses .

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