Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 133, Issue 6, pp 765–772 | Cite as

Thoracolumbar spinal tuberculosis with psoas abscesses treated by one-stage posterior transforaminal lumbar debridement, interbody fusion, posterior instrumentation, and postural drainage

  • Xiaoyang Pang
  • Xiongjie Shen
  • Ping Wu
  • Chenke Luo
  • Zhengquan Xu
  • Xiyang WangEmail author
Orthopaedic Surgery



Retrospective analysis of the clinical efficacy and feasibility of patients with thoracolumbar spinal tuberculosis with psoas abscesses treated by one-stage posterior transforaminal lumbar debridement, interbody fusion, posterior instrumentation, and postural drainage.


A total of 18 patients with thoracolumbar tuberculosis (TB), between February 2007 and February 2011, underwent one-stage posterior transforaminal lumbar debridement, interbody fusion, posterior instrumentation, and postural drainage. And the clinical efficacy was evaluated based on surgery duration time, the blood loss, the postural drainage of time, neurological status that was recorded by American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) Impairment Scale, the fate of bone graft fusion, kyphosis angle, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), and C-reactive protein (CRP), which were collected at certain time.


The average follow-up period was 34 months (range 18–48 months). 18 patients suffered from seriously neurological deficits pre-operatively, of which 16 patients returned to normal at final follow-up. The surgery duration time was 197 ± 37.9 min, and the blood loss was 815 ± 348.5 ml. The postural drainage of time was 7.2 ± 2.7 days. The psoas abscesses disappeared in all cases, within the time range of 6–9 months (mean 7.4 ± 1.2 months). All patients of the grafted bones were thoroughly fused, with a fusion time ranging from 4 to 12 months (mean 7.8 months). Kyphosis angle was 44.32 ± 7.26° on average pre-operative and returned to 11.72 ± 2.85° at 6 weeks after operation; kyphosis angle was 13.10 ± 2.39° at final follow-up. The values of ESR and CRP were significant declined at 6 weeks post-operative, and returned to normal levels at final follow-up.


With standardized anti-TB chemotherapy, thoracolumbar spinal tuberculosis with psoas abscesses could be effectively treated by one-stage posterior transforaminal lumbar debridement, interbody fusion, posterior instrumentation, and postural drainage.


Thoracolumbar Spine tuberculosis Posterior transforaminal lumbar debridement Interbody fusion Psoas abscesses 



This publication was funded in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81171736).

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xiaoyang Pang
    • 1
  • Xiongjie Shen
    • 2
  • Ping Wu
    • 1
  • Chenke Luo
    • 1
  • Zhengquan Xu
    • 1
  • Xiyang Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Spine SurgeryThe Xiangya Hospital of Central South UniversityChangshaPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Spine SurgeryThe Hunan Provincial People’s HospitalChangshaPeople’s Republic of China

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