A 9-year-old girl from black ethnic origin presented with a history of fever, cough, loss of weight and right-sided chest wall pain for 2 weeks. Chest X-ray demonstrated an effusion, which was shown to be loculated on chest CT scan. She was not responding to medical treatment and at thoracotomy loculated pus was drained. Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) was cultured from the pus. TB is a rare cause of loculated empyema with an overlapping clinical and radiological picture with pyogenic infections.
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