Tuberculosis, A Great Masquerader: A Case Report of Disseminated Multifocal Skeletal TB and Tracheoesophageal Fistulae Mimicking Metastatic Cancer

  • Hariharan Subramony Department of Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Manjunatha Gajanana Hegde Department of Internal Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2314-0626
  • Balagurunathan Raghavan Apollo Hospitals, Chennai

Keywords

Tuberculosis, tracheoesophageal fistula, multifocal skeletal lesions, ovarian neoplasm, anti-tubercular therapy, tropical diseases

Abstract

Disseminated tuberculosis (TB) can mimic metastatic disease because of its multi-organ involvement (including bones), which can make the diagnosis much more complicated. Tracheoesophageal fistula is a very uncommon manifestation of TB, as is multifocal skeletal TB. There are reports of TB presenting either as multifocal skeletal TB or as tracheoesophageal fistulae, but we could not find any case reports describing both of these entities in a single patient and essentially mimicking a metastatic oesophageal neoplasm. However, we here describe one such case, which was managed medically.

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  • Published: 2022-10-24

    Issue: 2022: Vol 9 No 10 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
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    Subramony H, Hegde MG, Raghavan B. Tuberculosis, A Great Masquerader: A Case Report of Disseminated Multifocal Skeletal TB and Tracheoesophageal Fistulae Mimicking Metastatic Cancer. EJCRIM 2022;9 doi:10.12890/2022_003624.