Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis Presenting as a Suspected Case of Metastatic Breast Cancer

  • Sónia Almeida Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal
  • Marta Valentim Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal
  • Catarina Neto Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal
  • Marta Cerol Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal
  • Marina Boticário Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal
  • Maria Inês Santos Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal
  • Ana Gameiro Hospital Distrital De Santarem E.P.E., Santarém, Portugal

Keywords

Infectious diseases, tuberculosis, extrapulmonary tuberculosis

Abstract

Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) represents a diagnostic challenge. Bone TB is an uncommon and important presentation of extrapulmonary TB, which can lead to bone destruction, deformity and even paraplegia. Breast TB is rare and often confused with neoplasia, since the clinical and imaging presentations are not specific. Any of these extrapulmonary TB presentations, in the absence of cultural isolation of mycobacteria, oblige the exclusion of other diseases (secondary or infectious diseases). The authors report a case of multifocal extrapulmonary TB, as an example of the problem with the differential diagnosis of the disease.

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  • Published: 2019-03-22

    Issue: Vol 6 No 3 (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    Almeida, S., Valentim, M., Neto, C., Cerol, M., Boticário, M., Santos, M., & Gameiro, A. (2019). Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis Presenting as a Suspected Case of Metastatic Breast Cancer. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 6(3). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2019_001062