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Open Access Case Report

Tuberculosis mimicking cervical carcinoma - case report

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1 Gynecologic Oncology Associates, Hoag Cancer Centet, CA, USA
2 Hoag Memorial Hospital Department of Pathology, Newport Beach, CA, USA
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2007, 28(4), 316–318;
Published: 10 August 2007
Abstract

Tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial infection that primarily results in pulmonary disease. Although there are several reported cases of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis, very few reports have described this disease in the female genital tract. We present a case involving a 67-year-old woman who presented with vaginal discharge, abdominal discomfort, and a pelvic mass in 2006. Clinically, cervical carcinoma was suspected, but pathologic diagnosis eventually revealed tuberculosis of the cervix. Tuberculosis is associated with a significant inflammatory reaction, which may mimic a gynecologic malignancy on exam or with diagnostic imaging. Despite the rare incidence, tuberculosis of the cervix should be considered in the differential diagnosis when cervical carcinoma is initially suspected.

Keywords
Tuberculosis
Gynecologic oncology
Diagnosis
Treatment
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