Hodgkin lymphoma initially misdiagnosed as tuberculosis: Clinical case report

Authors

  • Sietske K Dantuma 1UMCG, Groningen University
  • Karim P Manji MUHAS
  • Patrick van Rheenen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4314/tmj.v28i2.215

Abstract

Given clinical similarities it can be difficult to differentiate between tuberculosis (TB) and Hodgkin lymphoma. The diagnosis of tuberculosis is often difficult in children due to its non-specific clinical and radiological findings, lower sensitivity of the Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST), low bacterial load and difficulties in mycobacterium isolation in children.Consequently, a trial of anti-TB treatment is often started in children. Careful monitoring and lymph node biopsy is highly recommended in order to avert a misdiagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

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2016-07-27

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