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Chest wall tuberculosis in children: a mimicker of bone tumour
  1. Muthuvel Balasubramaniyan1,
  2. Sanjay Verma1,
  3. Sumeet Rajendra Dhawan1 and
  4. Akshay Kumar saxena2
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
  2. 2Department of Radiodiagnosis, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sanjay Verma; sanjay06verma{at}


Osteoarticular tuberculosis of flat bones of the chest wall such as sternum, scapula and rib is extremely rare in children. Because of its atypical clinical presentation mimicking malignant bone tumours, diagnosis remains a challenge. Histological and microbiological diagnosis remains confirmatory. Antitubercular therapy is the cornerstone in management.

  • bone and joint infections
  • paediatric oncology
  • tuberculosis

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  • Contributors MV and SV managed the cases. MV reviewed the literature and drafted the initial manuscript. AKS provided the radiological inputs in diagnosis. SV provided critical inputs in the manuscript; he is the guarantor of the paper. MV, SRD, AKS and SV approved final version as submitted.

  • 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.

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

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