Cytology of Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis of Masseter Muscle: A Rare Case Report

  • Ramya Rathinam Sunderaj SRI RAMACHANDRA UNIVERSITY
  • G Barathi
  • D Prathiba
Keywords: Masseter muscle, Extra pulmonary, Tuberculosis, Cytology


Tuberculosis (TB) is a major health hazard Worldwide. India bears a huge burden of world’s TB, according to WHO statistics. The most  common form of presentation is pulmonary tuberculosis. Extra Pulmonary presentation of  TB in masseter muscle is extremely rare. We present a case of 26 year old male with right sided facial swelling, Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology of which revealed TB of masseter muscle. FNAC is a simple,cost effective out patient procedure that can aid in the early diagnosis of orofacial lesions such as extra pulmonary Tuberculosis. The purpose of this paper is to state the significance of early diagnosis of orofacial Tuberculosis and the crucial role played by FNAC in the diagnosis. DOI: 10.21276/APALM.1147


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