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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 52-55

Should angiography be done in suspected tuberculosis of spine in an endemic country? – Hemangioma masquerading as tuberculosis of spine

Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Avinash Kumar
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/2542-4157.207011

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Background: Spinal lesions with features of compressive myelopathy and radiological images showing signal enhancement in the vertebral body and paravertebral regions raise the suspicion of spinal tuberculosis, mainly in an endemic/developing country. Methods: Here we present a rare case of a lesion mimicking spinal tuberculosis. The further excision, decompression and spinal fixation were performed after a biopsy. Results: The lesion in the case was confirmed as hemangioma, which was clearly diagnosed by means of digital substraction angiography. Conclusion: This work highlights the use of angiography as an important preoperative diagnostic tool for spinal diseases.

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