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Mycobacterium tuberculosis: sometimes, a hidden culprit
  1. Miguel F Carrascosa1,
  2. José-Ramón Salcines Caviedes1,
  3. Marta C Hoz1,
  4. Carmen R Talledo2
  1. 1Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital of Laredo, Laredo, Cantabria, Spain
  2. 2Ophthalmology Department, University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Miguel F Carrascosa, miguel.carrascosa{at}

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