Multifocal tubercular dactylitis in an adult

Vaidehi Chowdhary, Amita Aggarwal, Ramnath Misra

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Musculoskeletal tuberculosis (TB) is a rare manifestation of TB comprising 1%-3% of all cases. We describe a patient who had multiple manifestations of skeletal TB, including spondylitis, dactylitis, and Poncet's disease. The unusual features include multifocal dactylitis, widespread disease in the absence of any risk factor like HIV infection or immunosuppressive treatment, and absence of pulmonary lesion. Treatment with appropriate drugs, using 4 agents for the first 2 months, led to complete recovery. TB can rarely present in an unusual way but is very important to recognize, as with treatment it still carries a good prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-37
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


  • Mycobacterial infection
  • Pott spine
  • Spina ventosa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology


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