Disseminated tuberculosis presented with mediastinal lymphadenopathy, nodular thickening of pleura and liver involvement in a diabetic patient

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Abstract

Tuberculosis can involve many organs and have a broad spectrum of image presentation. It may resemble malignant diseases and thus confuse the judgment of the clinician. We report a 60-year-old diabetic woman suffered from chronic cough for 2 years and whose computed tomography scan revealed multiple pleural nodules with mediastinal lymphadenopathy and multiple liver masses. We approached this case as malignant disease initially but found it to be a systemic tuberculosis infection after a series of examinations. Tuberculosis may have radiological presentation like malignant disease. Physicians should consider tuberculosis as a possibility for those patients with underlying diseases, which can potentiate tuberculosis infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-359
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Internal Medicine of Taiwan
Volume18
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine

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