A case of lupus vulgaris with rare localization diagnosed 30 years after onset

Adv Med Sci. 2011;56(1):109-12. doi: 10.2478/v10039-011-0020-4.


Cutaneous tuberculosis (tuberculosis cutis) is one of the extrapulmonary forms of tuberculosis, which may affect the skin only or co-exist with tuberculosis of other organs, particularly the lungs. We describe a case of lupus vulgaris in a 72-year-old male patient with a single lesion localized on his lower extremity, developing for 30 years before correct diagnosis and previously treated with topical steroids. Bacillus infection in other organs was not detected. Diagnosis of tuberculosis was made based on personal history, clinical picture, hypersensitivity to tuberculin, histopathology and polymerase chain reaction. A multidrug therapy with rifampicin, isoniazid and pyrazinamide resulted in regression of the lesion. The common lack of knowledge about the clinical picture of cutaneous tuberculosis causes its late diagnosis and treatment.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Delayed Diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity
  • Lupus Vulgaris / diagnosis*
  • Male