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Indian J Dermatol. 2013 Jan;58(1):85. doi: 10.4103/0019-5154.105324.

Papulonecrotic Tuberculid with Positive Acid-fast Bacilli.

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Department of Dermatology, Nanfang Hospital of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510515, China ; Department of Dermatology, Zhongshan Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian 361004, China.


Two patients suffered from 'boils' on their arms and/or thighs for several months. A diagnosis of papulonecrotic tuberculid (PNT) was made based on clinical, laboratory parameters, histopathology, and a prompt response to multi-drug anti-tuberculosis treatment. We checked the pathological sections carefully and finally found a small amount of positive acid-fast bacilli. We analyzed the clinical and histopathological features of PNT in order to offer reference of preventing and controlling the disease.


Acid-fast bacilli; multi-drug therapy; papulonecrotic tuberculid; real-time polymerase chain reaction

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