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THE PARALYSES OF POTT'S DISEASE

RICH, EDWARD A.

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1. Muscular paralysis under the proper treatment of spinal tuberculosis should be of rare occurrence.

2. Paralyses early in Pott's disease, sudden in onset, and complete in extent, due to the pressure of bone or abscess, or to simple oedemas, are favorable for recovery.

3. Paralyses appearing late in spinal tuberculosis that are slow, progressive, and incomplete, and that arise secondary to inoperable changes of pachymeningitis and to cord sclerosis, do not recover.

4. A palsy with marked spasticities, due to simple bony angulation, does exist and is the one form of paralysis that sometimes yields to surgical relief.

5. The treatment of the paralyses of Pott's disease, with the exception last mentioned, is more favorable under conservative than with radical measures.

Copyright © 1930 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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