Primary oral tuberculosis: a case series from Bucharest, Romania

Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2008 May;105(5):e41-5. doi: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2008.01.027.


Tuberculosis (TB) is a chronic granulomatous disease that affects various systems of the body. Although the pulmonary form is most common, TB can also occur in the lymph nodes, kidneys, bones, and oral cavity. Oral TB is often a consequence of active pulmonary TB and is relatively rare. Here, we report a series of cases that emphasize the importance of considering oral TB in the differential diagnosis of mucosal lesions. In addition, although primary oral TB was previously considered a disease of the young, these cases demonstrate that it may occur in subjects of all ages.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Romania
  • Tuberculosis, Oral / pathology*