Tuberculosis is a serious infection that is increasing in prevalence, affecting many people worldwide.⇓ The diagnosis of cutaneous tuberculosis is challenging and requires the correlation of clinical findings with often inconclusive diagnostic testing. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis comprises approximately 10% of all cases of tuberculosis, and cutaneous tuberculosis makes up only a small proportion of these cases.⇓ Discussed here is the case of a 61-year-old immunocompetent female with a large cutaneous lesion on her index finger secondary to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tissue cultures taken at biopsy were negative; however, empiric antimycobacterial therapy was initiated. The initial regimen was not tolerated, and antituberculous therapy was substituted for moxifloxacin and clarithromycin. The lesion improved significantly with a concurrent improvement in function.
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Contributors NKL: identification of case, writing of article and guarantor.
Competing interests None declared.
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