Letters

Low back pain: Think of tuberculosis

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7560.201 (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:201
  1. Lavanya Diwakar, clinical research fellow (klavanya99@yahoo.com),
  2. Sarah Logan, specialist registrar,
  3. Nadia Ghaffar, F1 trainee,
  4. Andrew Hare, TB specialist nurse,
  5. William Lynn, consultant,
  6. Steve Ash, consultant
  1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Level 8, Pasteur Suite, Ealing Hospital, Middlesex UB1 3HW
  2. Department of Infectious Diseases, Level 8, Pasteur Suite, Ealing Hospital, Middlesex UB1 3HW

    EDITOR—Koes et al in their clinical review on low back pain identify some red flags that may indicate underlying spinal disease in people presenting with back pain.1

    We recently completed a retrospective study of patients with spinal tuberculosis at Ealing Hospital. Of 29 adult patients diagnosed between 2002 and 2005, 23 (80%) were aged between 20 and 50 years (mean age 38.5 years). All were originally …

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