Background: In a developing country there is a need for development of criteria that can be used for the diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis, which is common in that region.
Methods: Demographic, clinical, and radiologic features of spinal tuberculosis and spinal epidural tumors have been compared statistically, and inferences have been drawn in terms of P values, sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive values, and negative predictive values.
Results: A statistically significant relationship was found between spinal tuberculosis and spinal pain, fever, gradually progressive lower limb weakness, contrast-enhancing epidural ± paravertebral lesions, continuous levels affected, spinal deformity, and raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
Conclusions: These relationships were considered the most probable criteria for the diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis.
Shah, A. A.,
(2018). Development of criteria highly suggestive of spinal tuberculosis. World Neurosurgery, 116, e1002-e1006.
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