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Journal of Case Reports
Chest Wall Tuberculosis without Pulmonary Tuberculosis - A Rare Entity
Junaid Alam, Mohammad Aslam, Amir Hussain, Meraj Ahmed, Naveen Kumar 
Department of Surgery, Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Corresponding Author:
Dr. Amir Hussian
Email: hssn.ahmd@yahoo.com
Received: 10-AUG-2018 Accepted: 10-JAN-2019 Published Online: 15-JAN-2019
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17659/01.2019.0003
Background: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. Chest wall tuberculosis is not infrequently encountered in endemic areas although it is rare. Clinically it resembles pyogenic abscess or benign soft tissue tumors, making the diagnosis difficult particularly in the absence of warning signs. Case Report: A 45 year old male presented with gradually enlarging soft tissue mass in the right upper anterior thoracic wall. Fine needle aspiration suggested chronic granulomatous disease, histopathology confirmed chest wall tuberculosis. Patient responded to anti-tubercular therapy and surgery. Conclusion: Anti-tubercular treatment and adjunctive surgery are quite effective in chest wall tubercular cases.
Keywords : Abscess, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Ribs, Thoracic Wall, Tuberculosis.
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