Medical Definition of Pott's disease

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Pott's disease: An old term for tuberculosis of the spine that caused softening and collapse of the vertebrae, often resulting in kyphosis, a "hunchback" deformity, which was called "Pott's curvature."

Named for the English surgeon Sir John Percivall Pott (1714-1788) who described it.

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Reviewed on 12/11/2018

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