Tuberculosis of the hip-joint is a disease entity with well-established diagnostic features in etiology, history, symptoms and signs, as well as definite principles of treatment. It is a condition marked by a long-continued, progressive course, unless halted by proper treatment, which of necessity requires a long time.
Abortive types of tuberculous hip-joint disease are unusual, and there is considerable question whether or not abortive types occur. Theoretically, it might seem very possible for a tuberculous infection in the hip-joint, though well started, to become overwhelmed by body resistance, in an early stage, and be cured. The possibility of an immunity to the infection being established, however, is much less in a joint infection than in a lung infection, for example, because of the comparatively poor blood supply to the joint.
In the few articles found in the literature that discuss the question, there is practically an agreement that abortive types
NIELSON AL. ABORTIVE TYPE OF TUBERCULOUS HIP-JOINT DISEASE: REPORT OF TWO CASES. JAMA. 1923;80(20):1442–1443. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640470020008
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