Pulmonary tuberculosis

Case contributed by Dr Kacper Dziedzic


Four-day history of hemoptysis prompted chest x-ray, 1-month history of shortness of breath and chest pain on initial presentation. Non-smoker. An avid runner, otherwise fit and well.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

Opacification and consolidation with cavitation is noted in left upper lobe. Left sided pleural effusion.


CT confirms the cavity within the left upper lobe.

Case Discussion

This patient was an avid runner, otherwise fit and well. No recent foreign travel or confinement in a small space with other people. A sputum sample was AFB smear positive and cultures grew Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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Case information

rID: 61334
Published: 2nd Jul 2018
Last edited: 7th Feb 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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