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Methods of treatment and concern for the future are always subjects of interest and importance in the consideration of tuberculosis of the joints in children. The relation of treatment to prognosis in these cases is definite and close, yet the eager questions of the parents with regard to the future usefulness and appearance of the part are often extremely difficult to answer. In no joint is this condition of affairs more apt to arise than in the knee. Deformity, limitation of motion, shortening, and impaired function are such common end-results of tuberculous infection of this joint, that it is frequently advisable to establish with the parent an early understanding of these possibilities as well as the certain expectation of a long and tedious convalescence. Indeed, after the many months or even years of treatment, during which the child must continue an invalid, must be constantly attended and nursed, must have,
SEVER JW, FISKE EW. THE PROGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS OF THE KNEE IN CHILDHOOD. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1387-1390. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430019007