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Learning from errors
Ocular tuberculosis misdiagnosed as retinoblastoma: an interesting case
  1. Veena Maheshwari1,
  2. Kiran Alam1,
  3. Anshu Jain1,
  4. Smriti Prasad1,
  5. Shamshad Ahmad1,
  6. A K Amitava2
  1. 1
    J.N.Medical College, Pathology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, 202001, India
  2. 2
    J.N.Medical College, Ophthalmology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, 202001, India
  1. Anshu Jain, vians.jain{at}


Tuberculosis is a ubiquitous disease and a public health problem of major importance in almost all developing and underdeveloped countries. It can involve any part of the body, including the eye. We report a case of a young child presenting with a painful blind eye with leucocoria, where a misdiagnosis of retinoblastoma was made clinically. The eye was enucleated, and subsequent pathological examination led to a final diagnosis of ocular tuberculosis. The patient was put on anti-tubercular treatment, and responded well.

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