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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 87-89

Laryngeal tuberculosis clinically similar to laryngeal cancer

Department Of Pulmonary Medicine, K.G.M.U Lucknow-226003., India

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S K Verma
Department Of Pulmonary Medicine, K.G.M.U Lucknow-226003.
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Laryngeal tuberculosis is a rare disease. The presenting features are usually hoarse­ness or dysphagia with other vague and nonspecific symptoms. Laryngoscopic fea­tures mimic malignancy in many cases. There are no noninvasive tests which can confirm a diagnosis of laryngeal tuberculosis. Biopsy of the primary growth itself is diagnostic and may show caseating granulomatous inflammation. Microbiologi­cal confirmation, though desirable, may not always be possible. The response to antitubercular treatment is good. We report a 52 year old man who presented to us with hoarseness of voice, haemoptysis and a proliferative growth in the epiglottis and was diagnosed to have laryngeal tuberculosis on histopathology. He had an excellent response to antituberculosis therapy and is now asymptomatic.

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