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Supra-sternal Notch Tuberculous Abscess: A report of three Cases

Supra-sternal Notch Tuberculous Abscess: A report of three Cases

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Title: Supra-sternal Notch Tuberculous Abscess: A report of three Cases
Author: Elhassan, Ahmed M; Ibrahim, Muntaser E.
Abstract: Extra-pulmonary tuberculosis remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge; its clinical presentation can mimic a wide range of pathological conditions. Here we report on 3 female patients who presented with supra-sternal masses that were suspected clinically to be of thyroid origin. By use of fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC), they were proved to be tuberculous lesions involving the pre-tracheal lymph nodes. Serological examination for HIV-I/II was not reactive in the 3 patients. The patients responded well to a regimen of multi-drug therapy. It is concluded that extra-pulmonary tuberculosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of thyroid or para-thyroid swellings and that FNAC is a simple, quick and reliable procedure in the diagnosis of extra-pulmonary tuberculous lesions involving the neck.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/17315
Date: 2015-11-26


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