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Year : 1976  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-90

Actinomycosis Of The Spine Causing Paraplegia


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Spondylitis due to actinomycosis is rare (Young 1960, and Ernst and Ratjen 1971). Ernst and Ratjen (1971) reviewed 68 cases of actionomycotic spondylitis and added 2 of his own. The exact incidence of vertebral involvement, however, cannot be assessed as the disease usually remains undiagnosed during life. It is mainly on postmortem that its presence is revealed. Mayer and Gall (1935) reviewed 47 cases of vertebral actionomycosis, out of which only 9 were correctly diagnosed during life. Involvement of the spinal cord with neurological manifestations are extremely rare. Krumdieck and Stevenson (1940) reported a case of actinomycotic spinal epidural abscess with paraplegia. A rare case of actinomycosis of dorsal vertebrae with paraplegia is described. We believe that the case reported here is atypical both in regard to its distribution of the lesion and in regard to its complication.


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