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Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of tuberculous spondylitis vs. pyogenic spondylitis



      To assess the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging features differentiating tuberculous spondylitis from pyogenic spondylitis.


      MR imaging findings in 10 patients with tuberculous spondylitis were retrospectively compared with those of 13 patients with pyogenic spondylitis.


      There were significant differences in imaging criteria (paraspinal abnormal signal, paraspinal or intraspinal abscess, thoracic spine involvement, and abnormal signal around the facet joint).


      MR imaging is a very useful technique for differentiation of tuberculous spondylitis from pyogenic spondylitis.


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