International Orthopaedics

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 373–380 | Cite as

Single-stage posterior instrumentation and anterior debridement for active tuberculosis of the thoracic and lumbar spine with kyphotic deformity

  • Xiao-bin Wang
  • Jing Li
  • Guo-hua Lü
  • Bin Wang
  • Chang Lu
  • Yi-jun Kang
Original Paper



The purpose of this study was to validate the efficacy and safety of single-stage posterior instrumentation and anterior debridement for treatment of active spinal tuberculosis with kyphotic deformity.


From January 2005 to January 2009, 13 males and 24 females were enrolled in this retrospective study. All patients underwent single-stage posterior instrumentation and fusion, combined with anterior radical debridement and bone grafting. Clinical and radiographic results were analysed.


Patients were followed-up for 33.6 months on average. Bony fusion was achieved at six- to nine-month follow-up in all patients. The respective average kyphosis at the pre-operative and the last follow-up was 53.5° and 12.6°, with a mean correction of 40.9° (78.5%). Neurologic recovery averaged 1.5 grades on the Frankel scale. No recurrence of tuberculosis or instrumentation failure occurred.


Single-stage posterior instrumentation and anterior debridement with fusion was demonstrated to be a safe and effective method to achieve spinal decompression and kyphosis correction in patients with Pott’s disease.


Tuberculosis Vertebral Body Active Tuberculosis Anterior Column Spinal Tuberculosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiao-bin Wang
    • 1
  • Jing Li
    • 1
  • Guo-hua Lü
    • 1
  • Bin Wang
    • 1
  • Chang Lu
    • 1
  • Yi-jun Kang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Spine SurgeryThe Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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