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February 17, 1917

COMPRESSION PARALYSIS OF POTT'S DISEASE IN ADULTS

Author Affiliations

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine; Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Cook County Hospital and Home for Crippled Children CHICAGO

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(7):509-513. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020173004
Abstract

In reviewing my own experience relative to compression paralysis of Pott's disease in adults, I have been impressed by the frequency of its occurrence, of the severity of the symptoms, and the mortality. The general picture of Pott's paraplegia in adults, compared with that usually seen in children, justifies a discussion of the problem which is distinctive in many regards. To approach this subject it is necessary to quote data not only obtained from the records of my own service, but also from other services at Cook County Hospital.

In seventy-five cases of adult Pott's disease, examined and treated at this hospital from January, 1914, to May, 1916, between the ages of 19 and 62 years, paraplegia occurred in twenty-four cases, and of these the known number of deaths was sixteen. The termination in the remaining eight cases is unknown. Surgical procedure, such as osteoplasty or laminectomy, was performed in

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