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Tuberculosis presenting as a ‘swollen calf’
  1. Deevia Kotecha1,
  2. Mini Sardar1,
  3. Mark David Latimer2,3
  1. 1University of Leicester Medical School, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedics, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals, Peterborough, UK
  3. 3Department of Orthopaedics, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mark David Latimer, mark.latimer{at}


We report the case of an 83-year-old man who presented with swelling of his left lower leg. Subsequent investigations revealed that the swelling was due to a Mycobacterium tuberculosis abscess in the tibialis anterior muscle.

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  • Contributors The patient was under the care of MDL. He suggested the case report. The report was largely written by DK and MS. It was then edited by MDL.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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

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