Extrapulmonary tuberculosis: An unusual presentation in an immunocompetent patient

Rosa Lombardi, Serena Pelusi, Lorena Airaghi, Silvia Fargion

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A 50-year-old Brazilian woman was admitted to our department because of pelvic pain irradiated to the lower left limb, ipsilateral ankle swelling and progressive weight loss. Doppler ultrasound demonstrated deep venous femoropopliteal thrombosis, while a thorax-abdomen CT scan showed multiple solid hypodense pulmonary lesions, a large hypodense lesion in the iliopsoas muscles bilaterally and a complex cystoid lesion at the hepatic hilum. These findings were better characterised as active in flammatory colliquated lymph nodes by positron emission tomography and echo-guided percutaneous fine-needle aspiration of the left iliopsoas abscessual lesion finally allowed the diagnosis of tubercular infection with positive cultures for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex.

Original languageEnglish
Article number207146
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Publication statusPublished - May 6 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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