Tuberculosis can be broadly classified as pulmonary and extrapulmonary. Though pulmonary tuberculosis is the most common presentation, extrapulmonary tuberculosis is also an important entity. A tubercular cold abscess secondary to involvement of an adjacent bone or suppuration of lymph nodes is a well-known entity; however, a primary cold abscess is rare. We report a case of a young girl who presented with an axillary swelling which turned out to be a primary tubercular abscess of the axilla. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a primary tubercular abscess presenting in the axilla. A primary tubercular abscess, though rare, should be considered as a possible diagnosis in appropriate clinical settings backed by evidence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in form of AFB microscopy, L-J culture, BACTEC culture, or PCR test.
Indian Journal of Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 13, 2017
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