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Pericostal tuberculosis diagnosed by fine needle aspiration biopsy: report of a case with a review of the literature



Pericostal tuberculosis diagnosed by fine needle aspiration biopsy: report of a case with a review of the literature



Journal of Dermatology 32(1): 52-57



We present an 81-year-old woman with pericostal tuberculosis, a rare disease recently, without a past history of pulmonary tuberculosis or tuberculous pleurisy. She developed a subcutaneous nodule on her right chest. She was suspected of skin tuberculosis after the confirmation of acid-fast bacilli in a fine needle aspiration material of the nodule. A tuberculin skin test was strongly positive. The nodule was resected, and preclusive antituberculosis chemotherapy with rifampicin and isoniazid was started. The histological findings included granulomatous changes, central necrosis and Langhans' giant cells. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified from a culture of the specimen. About six months after the operation, no erythema, nodule or abscess was observed. We first suspected that she had mammary carcinoma and therefore observed the nodules on the thorax; it is important to differentiate tuberculosis from neoplasms. We also reviewed 22 cases of pericostal tuberculosis in Japan reported in the 15 years from 1976 to 2002.

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Accession: 049890853

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PMID: 15841663

DOI: 10.1111/j.1346-8138.2005.tb00715.x


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