Document Type

Review Article


Brain and spinal cord tuberculosis are one of the commonest neurological infection in developing countries. Its associated with high morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis is based on clinical features, cerebrospinal fluid and brain imaging. Combination of antituberculous drugs should be started as early as possible to prevent the complications. The patient's clinical stage at presentation is the most important prognostic factor. Surgical procedures are directed at management of the hydrocephalus. Focal lesions, intracranial tuberculomas, and tuberculous abscesses, are usually located in cerebral or cerebellar hemispheres, uncommonly in brainstem and very rarely in spinal cord. They do not usually require surgical intervention and respond well to antituberculous treatment, along with corticosteroids. All these fsctors pertaining to tuberculosis of brain and spine will be adressed in this review article.

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