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South Med J. 2009 Aug;102(8):848-51. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181ad603d.

Clavicular tuberculosis following trivial trauma.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. rubalmd04@yahoo.com

Abstract

Tuberculosis of the clavicular bone is a very rare clinical entity, with limited cases reported in the United States. Furthermore, sparing of the sternoclavicular joint is exceedingly unusual. A literature review of the prevalence of clavicular tuberculosis identified fewer than 80 cases reported since the discovery of the tubercular bacillus, over a century ago. To our knowledge, there have been no cases reported over the last decade in the United States. A rare case of tuberculous osteomyelitis of the clavicle in an immunocompetent patient who presented with swelling of the upper chest is reported.

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19593292
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10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181ad603d
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