Miliary tuberculosis

Case contributed by Dr Sakher Alkhaderi


Fever, cough, malaise, weight loss.

Patient Data

Age: 41
Gender: Female

Innumerable small nodules throughout both lungs.


There is evidence of diffuse miliary nodules (1-3 mm ) of uniform size and uniform distribution at both lung .

Case Discussion

Miliary tuberculosis refers to widespread dissemination of mycobacterium tuberculosis via hematogenous spread , classic miliary TB is defined as milletlike (mean size 2mm) seeding of TB bacilli in the lung .This pattern is seen in 1-3% of all TB cases

This particular case was diagnosed by open lung biopsy.

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Case information

rID: 40957
Published: 9th Nov 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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