Case 34-1994: Laryngeal Tuberculosis

Thomas R. Frieden, Patricia M. Simone, Kenneth G. Castro, Elaine Ristinen, Tom Winters, Paul A. Hattis, Daniel F. Schafer, Renée M. Rossi, Andrew Sizeland

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To the Editor: We would like to add our observations to Dr. Rossi’s interesting discussion of laryngeal tuberculosis in Case 34-1994 (Sept. 15 issue).1Many immunocompromised patients have positive tuberculin tests, although a negative result does not rule out tuberculosis infection or active disease.2The results of sputum examinations for acid-fast bacilli were not given in the case report and may have made biopsy unnecessary. Laryngeal tuberculosis is highly infectious.3Therefore, the situation warrants a contact investigation conducted in conjunction with the local health department. The patient’s father, sister, and other close contacts should have tuberculin tests; if they are. . .

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)610-611
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 2 1995

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    Frieden, T. R., Simone, P. M., Castro, K. G., Ristinen, E., Winters, T., Hattis, P. A., Schafer, D. F., Rossi, R. M., & Sizeland, A. (1995). Case 34-1994: Laryngeal Tuberculosis. New England Journal of Medicine, 332(9), 610-611.