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Osteoarticular tuberculosis mimicking rheumatoid arthritis.


Osteoarticular tuberculosis mimicking rheumatoid arthritis.

Mod Rheumatol. 2012 Mar 8;

Authors: Seung OP, Sulaiman W

Abstract
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global burden despite extensive efforts to control it. TB arthritis commonly manifest as monoarthritis of weight-bearing joints. We report a rare presentation of osteoarticular TB involving multiple small joints of the hands, which mimicked rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Magnetic resonance imaging showed tenosynovitis. The patient was initially treated for seronegative RA but failed to respond. Subsequently, synovial biopsy led to the diagnosis. Antituberculosis treatment was given for 1 year.

PMID: 22399018 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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