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Tuberculous arthritis

  • Alternative Names

    Granulomatous arthritis

    • Decreased movement in the joints
    • Excessive sweating, especially at night
    • Joint swelling with warm, tender joints
    • Low-grade fever
    • Muscle atrophy
    • Muscle spasms
    • Numbness, tingling, or weakness below the infection (if the spine is involved)
    • Weight loss or loss of appetite

    Note: The condition usually starts slowly and usually involves only one joint.

    Signs and tests

    A physical examination shows swelling and irritation (inflammation) of the joint.


    • Aspiration of fluid in the joint
    • Biopsy of the joint to detect the bacteria that causes TB
    • Chest x-ray
    • CT scan of the spine
    • Joint x-rays
    • Tuberculin skin test (also called PPD)