Primary Tuberculous Osteomyelitis of Tibia
Author(s): R Murali Krishnan* and Vijay Narasimhan Reddy
Tuberculous osteomyelitis affecting the long bones is extremely rare. Here is a case of a 20 year old girl who had pain in her right lower leg for 12 months. There was often a slight fever but no history of loss of weight or pulmonary symptoms. Chest X-ray was normal. X-rays and MRIs of the Right leg suggested osteomyelitis. Curettage and bone biopsy were performed and the report suggested Tuberculous osteomyelitis. Because tuberculosis is still common in developing countries, if there is an osteocytic lesion in the bone, tuberculous osteomyelitis should be considered in the differential diagnosis.