Scimago Lab
powered by Scopus
eISSN: 1941-5923
call: +1.631.629.4328
Mon-Fri 10 am - 2 pm EST


Medical Science Monitor Basic Research


Get your full text copy in PDF

Chest wall abscess mimics a tumor

Georgios Lautides, Ioannis Kokkonouzis, Charalambos Mermigkis, Kostas Psathakis, Konstantinos Tsintiris

Am J Case Rep 2008; 9:39-42

ID: 744368

Background: Chest wall involvement is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis and should be included in differential diagnosis of patients presenting with a chest wall mass.
Case Report: We present the case of a 66 year-old male, farmer, who was admitted to our hospital having a 5 cm in diameter, painless soft tissue mass on his left lower chest wall. After one month, when the patient admitted again for surgical resection, a three-fold increase of the diameter of the mass was observed. A percutaneous biopsy and drainage were performed and the pus was examined microscopically. The results showed the presence of mycobacterium tuberculosis (Ziehl-Nielsen stain). The patient started a twelve-month antituberculosis treatment. Until now he is free of disease.
Conclusions: CT and MRI examinations are the best imagine procedures to provide useful information about the extent and the nature of the disease and needle aspiration is essential for the final diagnosis. Treatment – chemotherapy alone or combination with surgical resection – remains under consideration.

Keywords: chest wall abscess, Tuberculosis, surgical resection, chemotherapy

This paper has been published under Creative Common Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) allowing to download articles and share them with others as long as they credit the authors and the publisher, but without permission to change them in any way or use them commercially.
I agree