Suppurative Cervical Tuberculous Lymphadenitis Mimicking a Metastatic Neck Mass

J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Sep;27(6):e565-7. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000002870.


Tuberculosis is an important public's health problem in developing countries. Although tuberculosis is commonly found in lungs, it could also be found in lymph nodes, mouth, tonsils, tounge, nose, epiglottis, larynx, and pharynx of head-neck region. The most common form of extrapulmonary tuberculosis placed outside the lungs is tuberculous lymphadenitis. Tuberculosis lymphadenitis is the most commonly seen form of the extrapulmoner tuberculosis and usually invades the lymph nodules of the cervical region. An adult patient with tuberculous lymphadenitis has been presented within the context of the literature reviewed. A 42-year-old woman, who has admitted to our clinic with a fistulized mass in the right side of her neck, has been diagnosed and treatment has been performed. No other problems were found in the systemic examination of the patient. Since there is no specific finding of pulmonary tuberculosis, detailed investigations are required in patients admitted with the sypmtomps of neck mass.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Biopsy, Fine-Needle
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / secondary
  • Humans
  • Lymph Nodes / microbiology
  • Lymph Nodes / pathology
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / isolation & purification
  • Neck Dissection / methods
  • Suppuration / diagnosis
  • Suppuration / microbiology
  • Tuberculosis, Lymph Node / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Lymph Node / microbiology
  • Tuberculosis, Lymph Node / therapy


  • Antitubercular Agents