Tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Swollen right cervical lymph nodes.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Female
Annotated image

Enlarged lymph nodes in the right deep cervical chain with low density centres (arrows). Scrofula was thought to be the most likely diagnosis.

Case Discussion

Biopsy and culture of the cervical lymph nodes was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Lymph nodes with low density are typically seen with TB, fungal infections, pyogenic infection, necrotic metastases and occasionally lymphoma.  

Credit: Dr Bernard Ng.

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Case information

rID: 9766
Case created: 21st May 2010
Last edited: 3rd Nov 2016
System: Head & Neck
Tag: tb
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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