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Rare case of tubercular parotid abscess
  1. Yellanthoor Ramesh Bhat1,
  2. Sandesh Kini1 and
  3. Koteshwara Prakashini2
  1. 1Paediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  2. 2Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yellanthoor Ramesh Bhat; docrameshbhat{at}


Acute parotitis progressing to parotid abscess is rare in children. Staphylococcus aureus is the usual pathogen in parotid abscess. Granulomatous parotid abscess due to tubercular aetiology is extremely rare. Authors report a case of chronic parotid abscess in a child who received multiple courses of antibiotics without any cure. The ultrasonography and CT scan of the parotid gland confirmed the extent of parotid abscess and the changes in the parotid lymph nodes. The surgical drainage and the biopsy of the lymph nodes lead to the diagnosis of granulomatous abscess. The antitubercular therapy finally cured the disease without further recurrence.

  • infections
  • paediatrics (drugs and medicines)
  • ear
  • nose and throat/otolaryngology
  • TB and other respiratory infections

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  • Contributors RBY and SK involved in treatment and follow-up of the case. RBY wrote the manuscript. PK gave ultrasound and CT scan information and inputs. All authors approved the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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