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Short to Mid-Term Term Surgical Outcome Study with Posterior Only Approach on Tuberculous Spondylodiscitis in an Elderly Population
Asian Spine Journal ; : 258-266, 2016.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-180043
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ABSTRACT
STUDY

DESIGN:

Retrospective study.

PURPOSE:

To study short to mid-term outcome of surgically managed elderly patients of tuberculous spondylodiscitis with posterior only approach in terms of decision making and challenges in treatment, choice of implants and outcomes. OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE Tuberculous spondylodiscitis in the elderly is increasing due to longer survival rates. It presents with varied clinical manifestations needing surgical management. Management in tuberculous spondylodiscitis has been scarcely reported in the elderly, with a paucity of data on the choice of implants and approach.

METHODS:

Sixteen patients (five males, 11 females) older than 70-years-of-age culture and/or histopathology proven tuberculous spondylodiscitis were included in the study. All patients were operated using a single posterior approach. Pedicle screw with rods (PS/rods) or spinal loop with sublaminar wires (SL/SLW) were used for fixation. Clinical and surgical details were recorded. Sagittal correction achieved postoperatively and loss of correction at follow-up were noted.

RESULTS:

The mean age was 73.6 years (range, 70 to 80 years). The mean follow up was 44.5 months (range, 24 to 84 months). The mean immediate postoperative correction of sagittal deformity was 11.3 degrees; this correction was lost by a mean of 3.1 degrees at last follow-up. All 10 patients with deficit showed neurological recovery and all but one of the seven non-walkers were capable of independent ambulation at follow-up. Patients with SL/SLW and PS/rods had similar radiological outcome at final follow up.

CONCLUSIONS:

Operative management gives satisfactory results in elderly patients with tuberculous spondylodiscitis. The posterior approach provides adequate exposure for decompression and rigid fixation, providing satisfactory clinical and radiological outcomes. SSL/SLW and pedicle screw rod construct both give similar radiological results if used appropriately in patients.
Subject(s)

Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Main subject: Congenital Abnormalities / Tuberculosis / Aged / Humans / Male / Discitis / Survival Rate / Retrospective Studies / Follow-Up Studies / Walking Language: English Journal: Asian Spine Journal Year: 2016 Type: Article
Full text: Available Index: WPRIM (Western Pacific) Main subject: Congenital Abnormalities / Tuberculosis / Aged / Humans / Male / Discitis / Survival Rate / Retrospective Studies / Follow-Up Studies / Walking Language: English Journal: Asian Spine Journal Year: 2016 Type: Article