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May 1988

Vertebral Arch Tuberculosis in Two Human Immunodeficiency Virus—Seropositive Heroin Addicts

Author Affiliations

From the Infectious Diseases Unit, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain.

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(5):1125-1127. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380050129019

• We studied two cases of disseminated tuberculosis with vertebral arch involvement in drug addicts seropositive for human immunodeficiency virus. The first patient developed a paraplegia while he was recovering from a meningeal tuberculosis. On the abdominal plain roentgenogram, the right transverse process of L-2 was absent, and a computed tomographic scan revealed destruction of the right vertebral arch together with a collection in the paravertebral area. The second patient had miliary tuberculosis and complained of lumbar pain. The radiologic findings were similar to those in the first case, but at the L-4 level.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:1125-1127)

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