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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-36


Tuberculosis infection remains an important cause of mortality. The clinical and radiological manifestations can be non-specific and resemble many other conditions, including malignancies. This could lead to diagnostic delay. We report the case of a 48-year-old woman with tuberculosis presenting with a right upper lobe mass manifesting as metastatic lung cancer. She also had liver cirrhosis secondary to chronic hepatitis B infection. She developed hepatitis two weeks into her tuberculosis treatment. Our case highlights the importance of considering tuberculosis in patients suspected to have underlying malignancy and to be aware of the potential adverse effects of treatment.

Lung Neoplasms , Neoplasms , Antitubercular Agents
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-94


(Refer to page 99) Answer: Tubercular cold abscess The patient’s chest radiography is shown in panel showing right upper zone consolidation. Sputum examination were all negative. Bronchoscopy showed a mass partially obstructing the anterior segment of right upper lobe bronchus. Biopsy revealed multiple multinucleated granulomas and Langhans giant cells with areas of caseation and Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB) on Zeil-Neelsen staining. The patient responded to anti-tubercular treatment (ATT).

Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-92


A 41-year-old Indonesian lady, non-diabetic, immune-competent, presented with complaints of painless swelling at the lower end of the neck, increasing in size for the past two months. There was history of cough with scanty expectoration for the past one year with insignificant loss of appetite and weight. Local examination showed a 4.5 cm × 6 cm fluctuating non-tender swelling with erythematous overlying skin but no draining point (Panel). On general examination there is no clubbing or lymphadenopathy. Respiratory examination revealed few crepitations over the right infra-clavicular area. Rest of the systemic examination is unremarkable. Her blood investigations showed elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) of 46 mm/hr. Full blood count, liver profiles and renal functions were all normal. A chest radiography was taken. Q: What is the diagnosis? Answer: refer to page 113