Establishing the diagnosis of tuberculous vertebral osteomyelitis
European Spine Journal, 05/18/2012
Colmenero JD et al. – All patients with subacute inflammatory back or neck pain showing suggestive radiological findings should be studied to rule out tuberculous vertebral osteomielitis (TVO). If there is no clear evidence of tuberculosis from another location or indication for surgery, a percutaneous vertebral biopsy should be performed. When TVO is suspected, all spinal or paravertebral tissue samples should be sent simultaneously to pathology and microbiology laboratories for appropriate processing.