An Unusual Presentation of Tuberculosis of the Nasopharynx

Abstract

Background: Tuberculosis (TB) of the nose and nasopharynx are rare localizations for tuberculosis to manifest. Aim: We hope to present a case of tuberculosis of the nasopharynx and its rare presentation. Case presentation: This patient presented with a long standing history of headache and neck pain prior to being seen. Imaging showed a mass at the nasopharynx and a biopsy con-firmed tuberculosis. Patient was initiated on anti-tuberculosis therapy with improvement in her symptoms on follow up. Conclusion: A high index of suspicion is imperative for early diagnosis.

Share and Cite:

Yeoh, X. and Pua, K. (2015) An Unusual Presentation of Tuberculosis of the Nasopharynx. Journal of Tuberculosis Research, 3, 50-53. doi: 10.4236/jtr.2015.32007.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

References

[1] MaHTAS (2012) Management of Tuberculosis. Malaysian Clinical Pracitce Guidelines. Malaysia Health Technology Assessment Section, Putrajaya.
http://www.moh.gov.my/attachments/8612.pdf
[2] Michael, R.C. and Michael, J.S. (2011) Tuberculosis in Otorhinolaryngology: Clinical Presentation and Diagnostic Challenges. International Journal of Otolaryngology, 2011, Article ID: 686894.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/686894
[3] Richardus, R.A., et al. (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.
[4] Nalini, B. and Vinayak, S. (2006) Tuberculosis in Ear, Nose, and Throat Practice: Its Presentation and Diagnosis. American Journal of Otolaryngology, 27, 39-45.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amjoto.2005.07.005
[5] Prasad, K.C., Sreedharan, S., Chakravarthy, Y. and Prasad, S.C. (2007) Tuberculosis in the Head and Neck: Experience in India. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 121, 979-985.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0022215107006913
[6] Mancusi, G., Marks, B., Czerny, C., Thalhammer, F., Thurnher, D., Riedl, M., et al. (2005) Tubercular Osteomyelitis of the Clivus and the Nasopharynx. HNO, 53, 1081-1084.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00106-005-1279-1
[7] Nguyen, H.T., Pandolfini, C., Chiodini, P. and Bonat, M. (2014) Tuberculosis Care for Pregnant Women: A Systematic Review. BMC Infectious Diseases, 14, 617.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-014-0617-x

Copyright © 2022 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.