Primary Tuberculotic Osteomyelitis of Rib in a ChildCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Nitin Kumar Kashyap,
Assistant Professor, Department of Trauma and Emergency, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.
Although extremely rare, osteomyelitis has been reported in smaller bones like ribs. A 13-year-old male child presented with a one week history of chest wall swelling. Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC) of the lesion and initial bacterial culture could not find the aetiology of the lesion. He underwent surgical resection of entire sixth rib for osteomyelitis and was subsequently diagnosed to have tubercular osteomyelitis. Diagnosis and treatment of rib tuberculosis is both difficult and controversial. Rib tuberculosis is often not successfully treated by medical management alone and consequently needs surgery.
Chest wall, Mycobacterium, Small bone
Nitin Kumar Kashyap, Atul Jindal, Nitin kumar Borkar, Minal Wasnik. PRIMARY TUBERCULOTIC OSTEOMYELITIS OF RIB IN A CHILD. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 July [cited: 2017 Sep 20 ]; 11:PD08-PD09. Available from
Date of Submission: Jan 04, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Jan 14, 2017
Date of Acceptance: Apr 12, 2017
Date of Publishing: Jul 01, 2017
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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