, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 575-579

MR imaging of tuberculous vertebral osteomyelitis: pictorial review

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Abstract

Vertebral osteomyelitis is one of the most common manifestations of tuberculosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is considered the main imaging modality for the diagnosis, the demonstration of the extent of the disease, and follow-up studies. Vertebral destruction involving two consecutive levels with sparing of the intervertebral disc, disc herniation into the vertebral body, epidural involvement, and paraspinal abscess are the most common MRI findings suggestive of tuberculous vertebral osteomyelitis.

Received: 28 April 2000 Revised: 17 July 2000 Accepted: 19 July 2000