A rare presentation of tuberculosis

Xian Zhao, Stephen Chen, Abe Deanda, Jon Kiev

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Primary involvement of the musculoskeletal system with tuberculosis is rare. We present a case of a young, immunocompetent woman with primary sternal tuberculosis. The disease led to destruction of the manubrium and a portion of the gladiolus and required extensive debridement and partial sternectomy, followed by musculocutaneous flap closure. Long-term postoperative management included four-drug antitubercular therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-97
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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