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Tuberculous arthritis

  • Definition

    Tuberculous arthritis is an infection of the joints due to tuberculosis (TB).

    See also: Spondylitis


    Alternative Names

    Granulomatous arthritis


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    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:

    • Ankles
    • Hips
    • Knees
    • Spine
    • Wrists

    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.