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BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Feb 4;19(1):111. doi: 10.1186/s12879-019-3760-6.

Tuberculosis of acromioclavicular joint: a case report.

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1
Department of Orthopedics, The Affiliated Xuzhou Hospital of Medical College of Southeast University (Xuzhou Central Hospital), No.199, Jiefang South road, Quanshan District, Xuzhou, 221009, Jiangsu Province, China.
2
The First Clinical Medical College, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, No.138, Xianlin road, Qixia District, Nanjing, 210046, Jiangsu Province, China.
3
The First Clinical Medical College, Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, No.138, Xianlin road, Qixia District, Nanjing, 210046, Jiangsu Province, China. drfhhtc@163.com.
4
Department of Orthopedics, The Affiliated Taicang Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine, No.140, People's South road, Taicang, Suzhou, 215400, Jiangsu Province, China. drfhhtc@163.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Osteoarticular tuberculosis is a great masquerader presenting in varied forms and in atypical locations, and it is prone to misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. Isolated acromioclavicular joint tuberculosis has been reported rarely.

CASE PRESENTATION:

A 19-year-old man presented with a chronic, mild pain, non-healing ulcer in right shoulder. Imaging of the shoulder revealed destruction of the acromioclavicular joint and histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of acromioclavicular tuberculosis. The patient underwent debridement, synovectomy and drainage of the abscess and recovered well with antitubercular therapy postoperatively.

CONCLUSIONS:

Awareness of this uncommon presentation of osteoarticular tuberculosis may assist in earlier diagnosis. Especially, in endemic countries, osteoarticular tuberculosis should be considered as a differential diagnosis in all atypical presentations to avoid residual problems.

KEYWORDS:

Acromioclavicular joint; Arthritis; Osteoarticular tuberculosis; Tuberculosis

PMID:
30717689
PMCID:
PMC6360657
DOI:
10.1186/s12879-019-3760-6
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