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[Primary clinical manifestation of tuberculosis as an incidental finding in the head and neck area]
Issing PR; Kempf HG; Ruck P; Lenarz T; Medizinische Hochschule Hannover,
September 30, 1994
Laryngorhinootologie. 1994 Apr;73(4):222-6. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Between 1988 and 1992 12 patients were seen who had findings leading subsequently to the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The average age was 50 with a range from 22 to 88 years. Women outnumbered the male by 10 to 2 cases. The number of German patients equalled that of foreign patients. Tuberculosis was mainly localised in the cervical lymph nodes in 6 cases. One patient was seen with manifestation in each case at the palate, larynx, nasopharynx, cheek, parotis and middle ear. Diagnosis was made by histology alone six times, by evidence of acid-fast rods once and by both means in 5 cases. Preoperatively a malignant neoplasm was suspected in most patients, and neither CT nor ultrasound revealed a hint to tuberculosis. Tine-test was positive in all patients. Only in 3 patients was there an evidence of acid-fast rods in sputum and gastric juice. None of them suffered from AIDS. They were treated by combination of rifampicin, ethambutol, isoniazid and partially with pyrazinamide. No relapse was observed to date.

Adult Aged Aged, 80 and over Antitubercular Agents/THERAPEUTIC USE Diagnosis, Differential Diagnostic Imaging Drug Therapy, Combination English Abstract Female Human Lymph Nodes/PATHOLOGY Male Middle Age Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases/*DIAGNOSIS/DRUG THERAPY/PATHOLOGY Tuberculosis/*DIAGNOSIS/DRUG THERAPY/PATHOLOGY Tuberculosis, Lymph Node/DIAGNOSIS/DRUG THERAPY/PATHOLOGY JOURNAL ARTICLE