Case report: "spina ventosa" tuberculous dactylitis in a 2 year old boy - a very rare disease.

Department of Orthopaedics, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Gobindanagar, P.O. Kenduadihi, Bankura, Pin - 722102, India.
The Open Orthopaedics Journal 01/2012; 6:118-20. DOI: 10.2174/1874325001206010118
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT Tuberculous infection of metacarpals, metatarsals and phalanges is known as tuberculous dactylitis. There is a spindle shaped expansion of the short tubular bones due to tuberculous granuloma. Hence it is also known as spina ventosa. In our case, a two year old boy with a swelling in the metacarpal was provisionally diagnosed as enchondromata while the possibility of spina ventosa was kept in mind. He was posted for excision of the metacarpal followed by bone grafting. Histopathological examination report confirmed it as spina ventosa.

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