Tuberculosis of the Sternoclavicular Joint: Report of 3 New Cases Observed in Abidjan


The sternoclavicular joint is a rare site of osteoarticular tuberculosis. We now report three new cases of sternoclavicular tuberculosis. The report concentrates mostly on immunocompromised patients, notably two with HIV infection and one case marked by its acute onset which is rather original because, in this case, there was a swollen sternoclavicular joint with normal X-ray and it was the CT-scan which showed the lesions. The etiological diagnosis was made in the first case by polymerase chain reaction and in the second case by identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In the third case, the diagnosis was presumptive and the outcome on anti-tuberculous drugs was satisfactory. Sternoclavicular joint tuberculosis is unusual; the painful swelling of that joint should lead to realize a performed imaging such as CT-scan.

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Diomandé, M. , Gbané-Koné, M. , Ouattara, B. , Mégné, T. , Eti, E. and Kouakou, M. (2015) Tuberculosis of the Sternoclavicular Joint: Report of 3 New Cases Observed in Abidjan. Open Journal of Rheumatology and Autoimmune Diseases, 5, 1-5. doi: 10.4236/ojra.2015.51001.

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