Extrapulmonary tuberculosis in the wrist presenting as a ganglion cyst-like mass: A case report

Kun-Chi Wu, Huan-Ming Tang, Kuang-Ting Yeh, Dah-Ching Ding
2012 Tzu-Chi Medical Journal  
There has been recent interest in tuberculosis of the hand because of its rising incidence. Musculoskeletal tuberculosis accounts for only 20% of cases of tuberculosis. The most common musculoskeletal sites are the spine, hip and knee. Hand involvement is seen in 10% of patients with musculoskeletal tuberculosis. This study reports an unusual case of extrapulmonary tuberculosis in the soft tissues of the wrist, presenting as a ganglion cyst-like lesion with concurrent lung cancer. The condition
more » ... occurred in a 55-yearold woman with underlying rheumatoid arthritis that had been diagnosed 3 years previously and was under control with regular medication. For several months the patient had noted a metapharyngeal joint mass in her right wrist and hand. The unmovable soft mass was approximately 2 cm 2 cm in the metapharyngeal joint and 4.5 cm 4.5 cm in the wrist, and displayed local tenderness and limited range of motion. Under the impression of a ganglion cyst-like soft tissue mass, the patient underwent marginal excision. However, the pathological report indicated tuberculosis. Antituberculosis treatment was prescribed. Simultaneously, lung cancer was also diagnosed. The patient then received chemotherapy and regular follow-up. Although the case described here is rare, preoperative evaluation can help considerably in early detection of cancer. Additionally, postoperative pathology can help define tuberculosis. Medical treatment plays a major role in tuberculosis.
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