Case Report: “Spina Ventosa” Tuberculous Dactylitis in a 2 Year Old Boy - A Very Rare Disease
Ranadeb Bandyopadhyay*, 1, Arindam Mukherjee1, Rajib Kumar Mondal2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2012
First Page: 118
Last Page: 120
Publisher ID: TOORTHJ-6-118
Article History:Received Date: 26/11/2011
Revision Received Date: 7/1/2012
Acceptance Date: 24/1/2012
Electronic publication date: 5/3/2012
Collection year: 2012
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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.