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Vol 49, No 6 (2015)
Case reports
Submitted: 2015-04-07
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A thoracic tuberculous spondylodisctis after intravesical BCG immunotherapy of bladder cancer – Case report and literature review

Magda Dąbrowska, Tomasz Drabarek, Anna Muraszko-Klaudel, Jarosław Sławek
DOI: 10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.09.005
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Neurol Neurochir Pol 2015;49(6):460-466.

open access

Vol 49, No 6 (2015)
Case reports
Submitted: 2015-04-07

Abstract

We report a rare case of tuberculosis of the thoracic spine caused by Mycobacterium bovis infection as a complication of BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) intravesical immunotherapy, which is a well known and acknowledged treatment of superficial bladder cancers applied since 1976. Although this therapy is broadly used in urology and considered to be safe and well tolerated, one should be aware of the potential local and systemic side effects as in the case of our patient, who developed tuberculous spondylodiscitis after intravesical BCG therapy.

Abstract

We report a rare case of tuberculosis of the thoracic spine caused by Mycobacterium bovis infection as a complication of BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) intravesical immunotherapy, which is a well known and acknowledged treatment of superficial bladder cancers applied since 1976. Although this therapy is broadly used in urology and considered to be safe and well tolerated, one should be aware of the potential local and systemic side effects as in the case of our patient, who developed tuberculous spondylodiscitis after intravesical BCG therapy.

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Keywords

Spondylodiscitis, Tuberculosis, Bladder cancer

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Title

A thoracic tuberculous spondylodisctis after intravesical BCG immunotherapy of bladder cancer – Case report and literature review

Journal

Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska

Issue

Vol 49, No 6 (2015)

Pages

460-466

DOI

10.1016/j.pjnns.2015.09.005

Bibliographic record

Neurol Neurochir Pol 2015;49(6):460-466.

Keywords

Spondylodiscitis
Tuberculosis
Bladder cancer

Authors

Magda Dąbrowska
Tomasz Drabarek
Anna Muraszko-Klaudel
Jarosław Sławek

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