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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology - Volume 20 2009, Issue 4, Pages e181-e184

Case Report Department of Internal Medicine, Oakland Kaiser Permanente Department of Medicine, Oakland, California, USA

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As immigration to the United States from countries endemic for tuberculosis TB increases, the incidence of pulmonary and extrapulmonary TB disease may increase. Primary tuberculous sternal osteomyelitis is one form of extrapulmonary TB that is exceedingly rare throughout the world, and falls under the differential diagnosis for chest wall masses. Management involves standard antituberculous therapy with antibiotics similar to treating other forms of extrapulmonary TB, as well as consideration of surgical intervention depending on the extent of osteomyelitis. A typical case of primary sternal TB osteomyelitis is reported, and the epidemiology, differential diagnosis, clinical manifestations and management are reviewed.

Autor: Miten Vasa, Christine Ohikhuare, and Leslea Brickner



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