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Tuberculous arthritis is an infection of the joints due to tuberculosis (TB).
See also: Spondylitis
Tuberculous arthritis is caused by the bacteria, Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
A very small number of people who have TB will develop this form of arthritis. The joints most often involved are the:
Most cases involve just one joint.
TB involving the spine is often referred to as Pott's disease. It makes up about half of all TB-related bone infections.
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Fitzgerald DW, Sterling TR, Haas DW. Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolan R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Orlando, FL: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 250.
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