Musculoskeletal tuberculosis with multifocal muscle abscesses in a healthy young adult

Submitted: May 2, 2022
Accepted: October 6, 2022
Published: October 11, 2022
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Musculoskeletal tuberculosis represents 1% of total tuberculosis cases. It affects young adults from endemic countries or immunocompromised patients, and may lead to severe functional impairment. We report a case of a 27-year-old male from an endemic country presenting with a 4-month history of fever, a major pectoralis abscess, and low back pain. A lumbar spine MRI revealed osteolytic lesions in multiple vertebral bodies along with a large iliopsoas abscess. Both abscesses were drained and the diagnosis was established by positive polymerase chain reaction assay for tuberculosis. The patient was initiated on anti-tuberculous treatment for 9 months. Musculoskeletal tuberculosis is rarely found in Western countries. If left untreated, it can lead to severe complications which may require surgical intervention.



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Gkogkos, Vasileios, Georgia-Emmanouela Dendrinou, Ioanna Papadaki, Maria Christodoulou, Charalampos Stoumpos, Timothy Sakellaridis, Kyriaki Zeibecoglou, and Dimitrios Papadopoulos. 2022. “Musculoskeletal Tuberculosis With Multifocal Muscle Abscesses in a Healthy Young Adult”. Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease 93 (3).