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Pott’s disease with extensive bilateral psoas abscesses in a Nigerian woman: an unusual case

Nneka Iloanusi


Bilateral psoas abscesses are uncommon in Pott’s disease. We describe a 28-year-old Nigerian woman with a 2-year history of constitutional symptoms and a 1-year history of bilateral paravertebral masses. She had received anti-tuberculosis (TB) treatment in an interrupted manner. A computed tomography (CT) scan revealed T10–T12 spondylitis, wedge collapse and extensive bilateral psoas abscesses. Histology of the abscess wall was definitively diagnosed as soft tissue TB, and special staining for acid-fast bacilli was positive. She was successfully treated with anti-TB therapy and ultrasound-guided surgical drainage of 6 L of abscess fluid. Complicated cases of Pott’s disease may require multi-disciplinary interventions for optimal outcome.

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eISSN: 1995-7262
print ISSN: 1995-7270