Child Orthopedics

Frequently Asked Questions

How is tuberculosis of the knee treated? My coworker's nephew has it.

Tuberculosis (TB) of the knee is treated like TB of the lungs, with anti-TB medications. However, the area on the knee does need to be checked to be sure that it is a TB lesion and there is nothing else wrong.

For this reason, the knee area should have a biopsy. After this, the surgeon would likely clean out the area in the knee that was affected by the TB, as well as prescribing anti-TB medication.

K Demni et al. Tuberculosis of the Patella in Children - Case Report. In Journal of Orthopedics. December 2007. Vol. 4. No. 3. e23.

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