Tuberculous spondylitis presenting as severe chest pain

  • Martha A. Kaeser | martha.kaeser@logan.edu Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO, United States.
  • Norman W. Kettner Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO, United Arab Emirates.
  • Usama Albastaki Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Hossam Ahmed Kotb Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Ibrahim M.A. Eldesouky Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Claude Pierre-Jerome Department of Radiology, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, United States.

Abstract

This case report describes a 32-year-old male who presented to an emergency department with severe chest pain and a history of cough, fever, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight. Chest radiography revealed a left upper lobe consolidation and multiple compression deformities in the thoracic spine. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated significant kyphosis and vertebral plana at two thoracic levels. Anterior compression of the spinal cord and adjacent soft tissue masses were also noted.

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Author Biographies

Martha A. Kaeser, Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO

Fellow, Diagnostic Imaging

Norman W. Kettner, Department of Radiology, Logan College of Chiropractic, Chesterfield, MO

Chair, Department of Radiology

Usama Albastaki, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai
Radiology Senior Specialist Registrar
Ibrahim M.A. Eldesouky, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Rashid Hospital Trauma Centre, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai

 

 

Claude Pierre-Jerome, Department of Radiology, Emory School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Associate Professor of Radiology

Published
2012-04-03
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Keywords:
tuberculosis, spondylitis, pain, chest, magnetic resonance imaging, mycobacterium tuberculosis.
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How to Cite
Kaeser, M. A., Kettner, N. W., Albastaki, U., Kotb, H. A., Eldesouky, I. M., & Pierre-Jerome, C. (2012). Tuberculous spondylitis presenting as severe chest pain. Clinics and Practice, 2(2), e42. https://doi.org/10.4081/cp.2012.e42