A case of multifocal tuberculosis mimicking metastatic malignancy

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Tuberculosis remains as a major public health problem worldwide. In addition to classic pulmonary tuberculosis, tuberculosis may sometimes present atypically. In the case of atypical tuberculosis, the unusual sites and properties that mimic other diseases can lead to a misdiagnosis and therapeutic delay. Abdominal and pharyngeal tuberculosis are uncommon extrapulmonary manifestations of tuberculosis. To the best of our knowledge, a combination of abdominal and pharyngeal tuberculosis with endobronchial tuberculosis has not been reported. We report a case of concurrent abdominal and pharyngeal tuberculosis in a patient with chronic endobronchial tuberculosis mimicking a metastatic malignancy on computed tomography and FDG-PET.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalTuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Neoplasm metastasis
  • Positron-emission tomography(PET)
  • Tuberculosis


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