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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 570-572

Bilateral submandibular swelling diagnosed as tuberculous lymphadenitis in an asymptomatic patient: A rare case report

1 Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Government Dental College and Hospital, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
2 Rural Health Centre, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Microbiology, KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Apurva Sonu Medhe
Room No. 133, Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Government Dental College and Hospital, Ghati Campus, Dhanvantari Nagar, Aurangabad - 431 001, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/IJPM.IJPM_655_17

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In India, tuberculosis (TB) is a prevalent systemic disease and number of people who die with TB is increasing year by year. TB can be life-threatening, and there is a high mortality rate of systemic infection with TB. Although extrapulmonary TB (EPTB) is a rare form of TB, its prevalence is increasing day-by-day. Reported here is a case of a 28-year-old female patient with a painless swelling bilaterally in the submandibular region. She was diagnosed with bilateral submandibular tuberculous lymphadenitis. Tuberculous lymphadenitis, when occurring in the cervical region, continues to be a common cause of EPTB. Thorough knowledge of this condition is important as it can help in early diagnosis leading to prompt treatment of the patient and prevent further complications.

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