Childhood tuberculosis presenting as an anterior chest wall abscess

Chun Yao Huang, Wei Juin Su, Reury Perng Perng

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Abstract: Chest wall abscess is a rare manifestation of childhood tuberculosis. We report a case of a tuberculous chest wall abscess in a 4-year-old healthy girl who had received Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination at birth. She developed a localized anterior chest wall mass, which was initially mistaken for enchondroma on the chest radiograph. Pathologic examination of the biopsy specimen revealed chronic granulomatous inflammation and positive acid-fast staining, which confirmed the diagnosis of chest wall tuberculosis infection. She received a 12-month course of anti-tuberculous treatment and was perfectly well 1 year later. The chest wall lesion resolved without the need for surgery. In conclusion, tuberculosis should be excluded in children with undiagnosed chest wall lesions, especially in endemic areas, even if they have been vaccinated with BCG. Adequate anti-tuberculosis treatment can result in a complete recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-831
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Chest wall abscess
  • Children
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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