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SANTOS, Fabiana Cristina Fulco et al. Bone tuberculosis: a case report on child. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2013, vol.46, n.2, pp.249-251. ISSN 0037-8682.

The authors report a case of a 12-year-old child with a complaint of pain and deformity in the lower thoracic region that had lasted for two years. Clinical, epidemiological and laboratory characteristics associated with images of apparent damage in the T9-T10 and T11-T12 vertebrae taken by radiography of the thoracic spine and nuclear magnetic resonance in addition to the positivity of the molecular test based on the polymerase chain reaction, led to tuberculous spondylitis being diagnosed and specific therapy was started. Culture of vertebral biopsy was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis after thirty days.

Keywords : Tuberculosis; Spondylitis; PCR.

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