Tuberculosis of the chest wall

Case contributed by Hani M. Al Salam
Diagnosis certain


Right anterior chest wall swelling

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male

Central opacity at upper chest zone on frontal view with corresponding soft tissue swelling involving anterior chest wall on the lateral view.

Anterior superior right chest wall abscess involving the pectoralis muscles, anterior mediastinum and thymus with invasion and destruction of the manubrium sterni. No involvement of the ribs or clavicles. Lungs clear.

Case Discussion

Pathologically proven tuberculous abscess.

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