Spinal tuberculosis (TB) affects individuals
of all ages, but most commonly in children and young adults.
This disease often results in numerous morbidities, which may
lead to decreased health-related quality of life (HRQoL). To
investigate the HRQoL of pediatric patients with spinal TB
Materials and methods
A cross-sectional study design was used to evaluate
the medical records of patients aged 0-18 years who visited
the orthopedic outpatient clinic of Cipto Mangunkusumo,
Jakarta, Indonesia, during the period of January 2012 to
December 2016. Quality of life was measured using PedsQL
A total of 46 subjects were recruited in this study.
There were 39 (84.8%) subjects withbone deformity, 20
(43.5%) subjects had suboptimal quality of life, with physical
and educational aspects being mostly affected.
The majority of children with spinal TB have optimal global quality of life. Further studies are required to investigate factors affecting the HRQoL of those with spinal TB.