A Rare Presentation of Tuberculosis

Xian Zhao; Chen, Stephen; Deanda Jr., Abe; Kiev, Jon
January 2006
American Surgeon;Jan2006, Vol. 72 Issue 1, p96
Academic Journal
Primary involvement of the musculoskeletal system with tuberculosis is rare. We present a case of a young, immunocompetent woman with primary sternal tuberculosis. The disease led to destruction of the manubrium and a portion of the gladiolus and required extensive debridement and partial sternectomy, followed by musculocutaneous flap closure. Long-term postoperative management included four-drug antitubercular therapy.


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