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Revista médica del Hospital General de México

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ALVAREZ-MORAN, Aldo M.; AVILA-SANCHEZ, Pablo A.  and  FERNANDEZ-LARA, Danitza. Chest wall soft-tissue tuberculosis: A case report. Rev. med. Hosp. Gen. Méx. [online]. 2020, vol.83, n.2, pp.70-74.  Epub Sep 06, 2021. ISSN 2524-177X.

Chest wall tuberculosis (TB) is a rare condition, making up 1-5% of all musculoskeletal TB cases. We report a case of a 39-year-old woman with a palpable mass on the right hemithorax with a 3-month evolution. The computed tomography scan showed a mass of 4 cm above the pectoralis major muscle. Complete removal of the tumor was performed, which showed caseous material with positive polymerase chain reaction for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The patient has not presented any symptoms 6 months after a quadruple-based therapy. We emphasize the fact of suspecting this pathology, when soft-tissue masses are found on the chest wall, due to its rare localization.

Keywords : Tuberculosis; Chest wall tuberculosis; Soft-tissue tuberculosis.

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