Annals of African Surgery

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Breast tuberculosis in outpatient practice: Case reports

B.M Ndungu, M.K Tharao, J.W Githaiga, K Radia


There has been a general increase in both pulmonary and extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) attributable to global spread of AIDS. The breast is rarely a focus whether primarily or contiguously. It is confused with cancer of the breast and confirmation by histology and/or demonstration of acid and alcohol fast bacilli (AAFB) is crucial. We present three cases of breast TB seen in a private surgical clinic within a two-year period. The diagnostic and treatment pathways are described and a review of literature on the disease presented.
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