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Multifocal tuberculosis presenting with osteoarticular and breast involvement

Author(s): Bodur Hurrem | Erbay Ayse | Bodur Hatice | Yilmaz Ozlem | Kulacoglu Sezer

Journal: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
ISSN 1476-0711

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 6;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Abstract Background Polyarticular involvement, wrist and ankle arthritis are uncommon presentation of skeletal tuberculosis. Tuberculosis of the breast is also extremely rare. Case Presentation Wrist, ankle and breast involvement were detected in the same patient. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated from both synovial and breast biopsy specimen cultures. Conclusions In general, tuberculosis arthritis is a frequently missed diagnosis, especially in different clinical patterns. A high level of suspicion is required particularly in high-risk populations and endemic areas.
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