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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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1
Department of TB and Respiratory Medicine, Pt. B.D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, India.
2
Department of Community Medicine, Pt. B.D. Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, India.
3
Department of Anesthesia, Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

Asia; Skeletal; Sternum; Tuberculosis

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