Cutaneous tuberculosis: A practical case report and review for the dermatologist

Amylynne Frankel, Carolin Penrose, Jason Emer

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Cutaneous tuberculosis occurs rarely, despite a high and increasing prevalence of tuberculosis worldwide. Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterrium bovis, and the Bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine can cause tuberculosis involving the skin. Cutaneous tuberculosis can be acquired exogenously or endogenously and present as a multitude of differing clinical morphologies. Diagnosis of these lesions can be difficult, as they resemble many other dermatological conditions that are often primarily considered. Further, microbiological confirmation is poor, despite scientific advances, such as the more frequent use of polymerase chain reaction. The authors report a case that illustrates the challenges faced by dermatologists when considering a diagnosis of cutaneous tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009


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