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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 674-676

De novo pelvic abscess: An unreported primary presentation of Pott's spine

Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg, New Delhi, India

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Senior resident, Department of Surgery, LHMC& SSKH, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.140256

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Pott's spine leading to pelvic abscess is an uncommon presentation of tuberculosis. We recently cared for a young male who presented with a pelvic abscess without evidence of any primary genitourinary or bowel pathology. On computed tomography (CT), patient was found to have Pott's spine as the primary pathology. The pelvic abscess was drained by high transrectal drainage and its tubercular nature was confirmed by microbiological tests. Patient was subsequently stated on antitubercular drugs. Our patient is a rare and the first reported case of a young immunocompetent male who presented with a pelvic abscess as the sole manifestation of Pott's spine without coexisting psoas involvement or any neurological deficit. To conclude, any patient presenting with pelvic abscess, Pott's spine should be considered amongst the differential diagnosis especially in endemic regions.

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