Cold abscess of sternum: Reports of two cases

Madi, Sandesh S and Vijayan, Sandeep and Naik, Monappa A and Rao, Sharath K (2015) Cold abscess of sternum: Reports of two cases. Annals of British Medical Sciences, 1 (1). pp. 7-9.

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Sternal bone affection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a rare entity. Clinical manifestations can vary widely. There are only a few isolated case reports of tubercular sternal osteomyelitis in both endemic belts and otherwise. We report tubercular abscess of sternum in apparently two healthy young individuals with no predisposing factors, who presented to us with chief complains of chronic anterior chest pain. Diagnosis was confirmed by histo-pathological and microbiological work-up. Combined surgical drainage and anti-tubercular drugs gave satisfactory outcomes. A high index of suspicion for tuberculosis is necessary whenever unusual sites are encountered in order to facilitate early diagnosis and prompt management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tuberculosis; cold abscess; sternum; chest pain; drainage.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Orthopaedics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 07:40
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 07:40

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