Tuberculous Sacroiliitis after a Penicillin Injection: A Case Report
  • Mohammad Darvishi
    Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Research Center, Dept of Aerospace and Subaquatic Medicine, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Sana Rashidi
    Faculty of Medicine, Tehran Medical Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
  • Setayesh Abazari
    Faculty of Medicine, Tehran Medical Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


Tuberculous sacroiliitis, tuberculous arthritis, sacroiliac joint, case report


Tuberculosis is one of the major health problems in developing countries affecting different organs such as bone and joints. One of the most important involvements of osteoarticular tuberculosis is that of the sacroiliac joint. In addition, its incidence has increased over the past several years. Early diagnosis is necessary to prevent further disorders such as neurological and surgical complications. We report a tuberculous arthritis case in the right sacroiliac joint, which developed after penicillin injection.
The patient was a 32-year-old man admitted to Besat hospital, Tehran, Iran. He complained of pain, erythema and swelling in his right buttock starting approximately 17 years previously, after a penicillin injection, which was followed by the emergence of an orifice with yellow secretions. Over the years, the secretions continued but the pain, swelling and erythema were resolved. At the time of admission, his vital signs were stable and normal. In the physical examination, an orifice with a small amount of yellow secretion was detected on the right buttock as claimed by the patient. Lung auscultation was clear. No lymphadenopathy was detected. Laboratory data were normal.
During hospitalization, initial antibiotic therapy was prescribed. After Mycobacterium tuberculosis was detected in culture, a 4-drug anti-TB therapy encompassing rifampin, isoniazid, ethambutol and pyrazinamide was prescribed for 18–24 months, in addition to daily vitamin B6 and pantoprazole.



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Published: 2020-04-09
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Darvishi M, Rashidi S, Abazari S. Tuberculous Sacroiliitis after a Penicillin Injection: A Case Report. EJCRIM 2020;7 doi:10.12890/2020_001495.