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Year : 1982  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-18

The Treatment Of Synovial Tuberculosis Of The Knee By A Method With Unrestricted Activities


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S. K Gupta


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Of the 41 cases with Synovial tuberculosis of the knee 19 responded favourably to conservative treatment with anti-tuberculous drugs and knee mobilization exercises, 21 cases who responded poorly to a month’s conservative treatment were treated by synovectomy. Activity of the joint was not restricted during the whole course of treatment except in acute irritable phase or in the immediate post-operative period, and no appliances were used. It is concluded that in synovial tuberculosis of the knee antituberculous chemotherapy with non-restriction of joint activity resulted in restoration of normal joint function. Synovectomy should be restricted to the cases who do not show signs of improvement after one month’s chemotherapy.


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