A pre-auricular solitary tuberculous ulcer

Y. R. Bhat, B. K. Gupta

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Abstract

Cutaneous tuberculosis occurring sporadically in atypical sites could cause a diagnostic dilemma and lead to delay in treatment. We describe a 6-year old child who presented with a chronic, non-healing ulcer over the right pre-auricular region. There was no improvement with treatment from various practitioners over 2 months. On evaluation, we found that he had a negative smear for acid fast bacilli and a normal chest radiograph, but the Mantoux test done on him was strongly positive. His response to 3-drug anti-tubercular treatment further confirmed the diagnosis. The awareness of uncommon clinical forms of tuberculosis over atypical sites could help child health care providers diagnose the condition early.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1569-1572
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
Volume3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 15-07-2009

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  • Clinical Biochemistry

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