Non-Pulmonary Tuberculosis--A Case Report: Importance and Pitfalls of Diagnosis

Hannah Pepper, Rebecca Davies, Ceri Hughes, Steve Thomas, Miranda Pring, Martin Hetzel

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A case of tuberculosis presenting as a neck lump is highlighted. Tuberculosis is on the increase. There are national and international strategies to improve the management of tuberculosis in the United Kingdom, and raising clinical awareness of tuberculosis is an important part of that strategy. Neck lumps can present in the dental setting and the differential diagnosis should include tuberculosis, with referral to an appropriate multidisciplinary team. Special tests to aid diagnosis are helpful but not completely discriminating. Tuberculosis is a notifiable disease and it must be treated by a designated specialist medical team. CPD/Clinical Relevance: Tuberculosis is a differential diagnosis for a persistent neck lump and clinicians should understand the problems of diagnosis and the importance of appropriate referral for treatment in the national and international strategy to reduce this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-490
Number of pages4
JournalDental Update
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neck
  • Tuberculosis, Lymph Node/diagnosis


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