Home Print this page Email this page Small font size Default font size Increase font size
Users Online: 2351
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
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
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.152268

Rights and Permissions

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.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded255    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 7    

Recommend this journal