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July 1971

Peripheral Tuberculous Lymphadenitis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Philadelphia General Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(1):74-75. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110010110022

A case of primary tuberculosis resulting from accidental inoculation through the skin at the time of a laceration demonstrated the characteristic features of the primary tuberculous cutaneous-lymph node complex. This case illustrates the fact that although the primary tuberculous complex is today a rare entity, the treating physician should be aware of its existence, consider this diagnosis in the presence of a skin lesion or peripheral lymphadenitis or both, and always test such patients for tuberculosis.