Two cases of eyelid tuberculosis - An uncommon presentation of ocular tuberculosis

Indian J Tuberc. 2017 Jan;64(1):47-49. doi: 10.1016/j.ijtb.2016.06.004. Epub 2016 Dec 16.


Mycobacterium tuberculosis apart from being the causative agent of pulmonary tuberculosis is also notorious to cause tuberculosis at various sites in the human body and ocular tuberculosis is one of the extra pulmonary manifestations of this organism. The most common presentation of ocular tuberculosis is anterior uveitis or choroiditis caused by hematogenous infection or hypersensitivity after another organ infection. Eyelid involvement by tuberculosis is most of the times secondary to orbital involvement and often seen in the form of drainage sinus. Isolated eyelid tuberculosis is however uncommon. Here we report two such cases of eyelid tuberculosis in different age groups; first case in a young female and second case of an old aged female with different presentation. Fortunately both of them responded well to the antitubercular treatment.

Keywords: Eyelid; Ocular; Tuberculosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Eyelid Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Eyelid Diseases / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / drug therapy
  • Young Adult


  • Antitubercular Agents