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CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 124-126

Tonsillar tuberculosis: a forgotten clinical entity


Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Correspondence Address:
Anirban Das
C/o Mr Pradip Das, Peon Para, Bhatchala, Near Vidyarthi Girls' High School, P.O. Sripalli, P.S. Burdwan Sadar,Dist. Burdwan, West Bengal - 713 103
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.152268

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Tuberculosis of tonsils is an extremely rare variety of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis which frequently simulates the tonsillar malignancy, especially in elderly individuals. Secondary form is more common than primary one, and in present day, contact with the infected sputum or saliva in a case of sputum smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis is the main source of the disease. Chronic or recurrent tonsillitis with enlarged tonsils and sore throat is the main clinical presentation. As it is very difficult to differentiate it from tonsillar malignancy on clinical ground, histopathological examination of the tissue is must for the diagnosis of tonsillar TB. Antitubercular therapy is adequate for its successful resolution. Here, we report a primary form of tonsillar tuberculosis in a 76-year-old male, in whom, no pulmonary tuberculosis was documented.


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