Volume 2008, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426


We present, as a rare manifestation of miliary TB, a case of tuberculous tenosynovitis, preceding by two weeks onset of tuberculous meningitis. A gradual progressive onset of a painless swelling of the right forearm was followed by high-grade fever, headache and neck pain. A suspected diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis based upon analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was confirmed later by positive CSF polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for mycobacterium tuberculosis. Although the patient had a positive Mantoux test of 20 mm, there was no evidence of pulmonary TB and a negative CSF smear for acid fast bacilli but a positive smear from a fine needle aspirate of the swelling of the right forearm. The antituberculous therapy led to a successful outcome.


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  • Article Type: Case Report
Keyword(s): Meningitis , Miliary , Tuberculous tenosynovitis and wrist
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