Orbital tuberculosis with involvement of the eyelid: An unusual presentation

Natl Med J India. 2018 Sep-Oct;31(5):279-280. doi: 10.4103/0970-258X.261198.


Although cases of ocular tuberculosis (TB) are increasing, involvement of the eyelid and orbit are unusual. These cases occur secondary to the presence of TB elsewhere in the body, usually pulmonary TB. The primary infection of orbit or eyelid is a rare occurrence. We report a 4-year-old child with primary orbital TB and involvement of the eyelid. The diagnosis of TB should not be missed in patients with ocular symptoms (especially in India) as it is a treatable condition and delays in diagnosis or incorrect diagnosis can lead to serious sequelae.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eyelids / diagnostic imaging
  • Eyelids / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • India
  • Orbit / diagnostic imaging
  • Photography
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tuberculin Test
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / drug therapy
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / pathology
  • Tuberculosis, Ocular / transmission
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / transmission*


  • Antitubercular Agents