Tuberculosis in otolaryngological practice
Keywords:Tuberculosis, Cervical lymphadenopathy, Tuberculous otitis media, Lupus vulgaris, Tuberculous laryngitis
Background: Tuberculosis has become a common occurrence in Otorhinolaryngology with increasing number of extra pulmonary cases.
Methods: This is a study of 27 patients who visited ENT OPD of Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, with variety of manifestations of tuberculosis in the ENT region.
Results: Majority of those suffered from tuberculous cervical lymphadenopathy, other manifestations included laryngeal tuberculosis, tuberculous otitis media, lupus vulgaris and tuberculous infection of a pre auricular sinus. FNAC and histopathologic examination proved to be reliable tools of diagnosis. Five of these patients suffered from concurrent pulmonary tuberculosis. All these responded well to category 1 anti-tubercular therapy well.
Conclusions: Tuberculosis in Otorhinolaryngology shows a variety of manifestations so it should be kept in mind whenever dealing with unusual presentations.
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