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Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2013 Nov;3(Suppl 1):S21-3. doi: 10.4103/2141-9248.121213.

Sternal tuberculosis.

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Department of TB and Respiratory Medicine, Pt. B.D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, India.
Department of Community Medicine, Pt. B.D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, India.
Department of Anesthesia, Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, India.


Extra-pulmonary tuberculosis constitutes 15-20% of total tuberculosis (TB) case load in immuno-competent patients. Affliction of the skeletal system is rare with still rarer presentation of sternal osteomyelitis even in endemic countries. A patient with primary sternal TB presenting with multiple cutaneous sinuses over the anterior chest wall is being reported. A high element of suspicion is needed more so in resource limited setting for early diagnosis and treatment.


Asia; Skeletal; Sternum; Tuberculosis

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