Volume 8 | Issue 3 | September-December 2022 | Page: 11-15| Bushu Harna, Shivali Arya, Sukhmin Singh, Raj Kumar, Dhanajaya Sabat, Anil Arora
Authors: Bushu Harna  MS Ortho., Shivali Arya  MD Rad., Sukhmin Singh  MS Ortho., Raj Kumar  MS Ortho., Dhanajaya Sabat  MS Ortho., Anil Arora  MS Ortho
 Department of Orthopaedics, , Indus International Hospital, Panjab, India.
 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India.
 Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India.
 Department of Orthopaedics, AIIMS, New Delhi, India.
 Department of Orthopaedics, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India.
 Department of Orthopaedics, Max Superspecialty Hospital, Parpatganj, New Delhi, India.
Address of Correspondence
Dr. Bushu Harna,
Consultant, Department of Orthopaedics, Indus International Hospital, Panjab, India.
Background: Scapular tuberculosis (TB) in paediatric population is very rare and required clinician suspicion for early diagnosis and treatment.
Methods and Materials: We conducted a retrospective study involving 8 children with a diagnosis of TB of the scapula that was confirmed by histopathological examination. The patients were clinically assessed for signs and symptoms. Pediatric/adolescent shoulder survey (PASS) and numerical rating scale (NRS) scores were used to assess the improvement with treatment.
Results: The mean age of the patients was 10.5 years with a mean duration of symptoms around 4 months. All the patients had raised ESR and CRP values with MRI evidence of inflammation or cold abscess. In all the patients, either FNAC or biopsy was performed. Gene Xpert and histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of tuberculosis. All the patients were given (Anti-TB therapy) ATT according to their age/weight for a period of 12 months, as per the RNTCP guidelines. There was significant improvement in ESR, CRP, NRS, and PASS scores with MRI-evidence of disease resolution.
Conclusion: Scapular tuberculosis should be suspected in children presenting with vague shoulder or scapular pain. The patients should be investigated thoroughly and treated with anti-tubercular therapy.
Keywords: Flat bone tuberculosis, Scapular tuberculosis, Paediatric tuberculosis, Ant-tubercular therapy, Biopsy
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|How to Cite this Article: Harna B, Arya S, Singh S, Kumar R, Sabat D, Arora A | Scapular Tuberculosis in the Paediatric Population: Suspicion and Early Treatment is the Key | International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics | September-December 2022; 8(3): 11-15 | https://doi.org/10.13107/ijpo.2022.v08.i03.144|