Tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Swollen right cervical lymph nodes.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female
Annotated image

Enlarged lymph nodes in the right deep cervical chain with low density centers (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
Published: 21st May 2010
Last edited: 24th May 2020
System: Head & Neck
Tag: tb
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded