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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the 186 spinal tuberculosis patients receiving anterior or posterior debridement joint bone graft and internal fixation

From: A posterior versus anterior debridement in combination with bone graft and internal fixation for lumbar and thoracic tuberculosis

  Total Anterior Posterior p valuea
No. of individuals 186 37 149  
Sex
 Male 111 (59.7%) 20 (54.1%) 91 (61.1%) 0.44
 Female 75 (40.3%) 17 (45.9%) 58 (38.9%)
Age (years) 50.0 ± 17.9 46.6 ± 17.3 50.9 ± 18.0 0.19
Duration of disease (months) 12.0 ± 18.4 13.2 ± 21.6 11.7 ± 17.6 0.70
Vertebra affected     0.80
 Lumbar 92 (49.5%) 19 (51.4%) 73 (49%)  
 Thoracic 94 (50.5%) 18 (48.6%) 76 (51%)  
Chemotherapy duration (days)
 Preoperative 14.0 ± 10.9 11.9 ± 7.7 14.5 ± 11.5 0.19
 Postoperative 16.5 ± 7.5 19.4 ± 9.7 15.8 ± 6.7 0.01
Vital status
 Dead 2 (1.1%) 1 (2.7%) 1 (0.7%) 0.47
 Alive 117 (62.9%) 22 (59.5%) 95 (63.8%)
 Unknown 67 (36.0%) 14 (37.8%) 53 (35.5%)
  1. a T test used to compare continuous variables; chi-square and Fisher’s tests used to compare the categorical variables