The Appropriate DOTS Regimen
Greatly Reduces the Disabilities
in Polyarticular EPTB
Department of Microbiology, SMIMER,
Near Bombay Market, Umarwada, Surat, Gujarat, India.
The placement of cases of Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis (EPTB) on the appropriate Directly Observed Treatment Short Course (DOTS) regimen remains a problematic issue in India and often, consultants delay this, leading to significant avoidable pain, discomfort and reduction in the quality of life of the patients. In contrast, a prompt institution of the DOTS regimen can regress such problems, even at a delayed stage. The following case report on polyarticular tuberculosis which involved the bilateral knee and ankle joints without a pulmonary or disseminated form of tuberculosis, amply highlights these facts.