Tuberculosiss Arthritis: A Case Report
Keywords:Tuberculosis, arthritis, knee, pain
Tuberculosis Arthritis of the knee joint is rare. A 25-year old female patient presented with pain and
swelling of her left knee. The symptoms first appeared two months earlier; she was given glucocorticoid
after diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The patient did not improve with the treatment. The patient was
diagnosed with tuberculosis arthritis according to biopsy and PCR TB result. Biopsy excision of the left knee
found granulomatous appearance, which is consistent with tuberculosis, PCR TB examination also found a
positive effect. Antituberculosis treatment was started and will be continued for nine months. Tuberculosis
arthritis frequently mimics more common etiologies and can be difficult to diagnose. Tuberculosis arthritis
may be suspected in a chronic case of joint pain, usually monoarticular, although pulmonary TB may absent.
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