Atypical Presentation of Oral Tuberculosis Ulcer

Mahajan, Sumita and *, Natarajan Srikant and George, Thomas (2007) Atypical Presentation of Oral Tuberculosis Ulcer. The New York State Dental Journal. pp. 48-50.


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Tuberculosis is a chronic infectious disease that can affect any part of the body, including the mouth. An upsurge in the number of tuberculosis cases, with a strong association with HIV infection, has been noted. We present a case of tuberculosis that clinically resembles a malignant chronic ulcer in the retromolar trigone—an uncommon site of occurrence. Histologically, the case demonstrated an atypical epitheloid granuloma with reduced lymphocyte count. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was confirmed following sputum culture of M tuberculosis. Antitubercular therapy improved the patient’s condition. Although rare, tuberculosis must be considered as a differential diagnosis in chronic ulcers in the oral region; and its association with HIV must not be overlooked.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Pathology
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Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 05:47
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 07:22

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