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Tuberculosis has global presence and no part of human body is immune to it, most frequent site beings lungs. Nasopharyngeal tuberculosis is a rare type of extrapulmonary tuberculosis comprising only less than 1% of tuberculosis found in the upper respiratory tract. The authors are presenting here a case of primary tuberculousis affecting the nasopharynx (adenoids) which is one of the rare differential diagnosis of nasopharyngeal mass. Isolated nasopharyngeal tuberculosis is a rare condition even in the endemic areas. In literature there are varied clinical presentations of nasopharyngeal tuberculosis. Tuberculosis should be one of the differential diagnosis of nasopharyngeal lesion. Biopsy and histologic study should be performed in every patient to avoid misdiagnosis. When treated properly, nasopharyngeal tuberculosis carries a excellent prognosis, and complete resolution of disease is the rule. Copyright © 2013 Hainan Medical College. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Chandrakant Patil, Rashmi Kharat Patil, Prasad Deshmukh, Jyotirmoy Biswas, Bassin John. Primary tuberculosis of nasopharynx (adenoid)- a rare presentation. Asian Pacific journal of tropical medicine. 2013 Mar;6(3):246-8

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