Tuberculosis Otitis Media with Disseminated Tuberculosis in a Pregnant Female


Background: Tuberculosis remains a public health problem worldwide, and tuberculosis in pregnancy in particular can have effects on both mother and infant. Findings: We report a case of a 22- year-old female presenting in preterm labor at 32 weeks gestation. Her pregnancy had been complicated by hearing loss and weight loss, and at the time of delivery, she was diagnosed with tuberculous otitis media and disseminated tuberculosis. Tuberculous otitis media is a rare form of tuberculosis disease, and in this case, had consequences for mother and infant. Conclusions: Importance of suspicion for tuberculosis disease in patients presenting with atypical symptoms but epidemiologic history is emphasized.

Share and Cite:

Jubulis, J. , Riedel, S. and Parrish, N. (2014) Tuberculosis Otitis Media with Disseminated Tuberculosis in a Pregnant Female. Journal of Tuberculosis Research, 2, 75-78. doi: 10.4236/jtr.2014.22009.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


[1] Adhikari, M. (2009) Tuberculosis and Tuberculosis/HIV Co-Infection in Pregnancy. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 14, 234-240.
[2] Richardus, R.A., Jansen, J.C., Steens, S.C. and Arend, S.M. (2011) Two Immigrants with Tuberculosis of the Ear, Nose, and Throat Region with Skull Base and Cranial Nerve Involvement. Case Reports in Medicine, 2011, Article ID: 675807.
[3] Kim, D.K., Park, S.N., Park, K.H. and Yeo, S.W. (2014) A Case of Direct Intracranial Extension of Tuberculous Otitis Media. Ear, Nose & Throat Journal, 2, 68-74.
[4] Kwon, M., Choi, S. and Chung, J. (2010) Roles of an Anti-Tuberculosis Medication and Surgery in Patients with Tuberculous Otitis Media. ActaOto-Laryngologica, 130, 679-686.
[5] De Schutter, I., Schepers, K.,Singh, M., Mascart, F. and Malfroot, A. (2010) Latent Tuberculosis in a Newborn: Diagnostic Challenges. European Journal of Pediatrics, 169, 1155-1158.
[6] Getahun, H., Sculier, D., Sismanidis, C., Grzemska, M. and Raviglione, M. (2012) Preention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Tuberculosis in Children and Mothers: Evidence for Action for Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Services. JID, 2005, S216-S227.
[7] WHO (2006) Guidance for National Tuberculosis Programmes on the Management of Tuberculosis in Children.

Copyright © 2023 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.