Tuberculous spondylitis, or Pott's disease, results from the hematogenous spread of M. tuberculosis. Bony destruction usually results in some degree of vertebral collapse, while anterior wedging causes the typical gibbous deformity of focal kiphosis. Usually there is involvement of multiple vertebral bodies, relative sparing of the intervertebral discs and posterior elements, and limited periosteal reaction. Rare cases of isolated posterior vertebral body involvement have been reported. Paraspinal extension is very common, with calcification in a psoas abscess being nearly pathognomonic for tuberculous infection.
Nursing Diagnosis for Tuberculous Spondylitis