East and Central African Journal of Surgery

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Tuberculous Hip Infection Leading to Life Threatening Complications: A Case Report

T Beyeza, P Mulepo


Tuberculosis remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. An orthopaedic surgeon working in a developing nation is most likely to encounter musculoskeletal tuberculosis.
The infection runs a chronic course with destruction of the affected part. The diagnosis usually requires high level of suspicion followed by biopsy to confirm and they usually respond well to
chemotherapy with surgery only being adjuvant for specific indication. The natural cause of tuberculous arthritis evolves over several years from a synovitis to complete joint destruction
and the prognosis depends on the stage of the disease at presentation.

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