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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 4 (1993), Issue 1, Pages 12-14
Case Report

Tuberculosis Involving the Oral Cavity

Kathleen A Ferguson and David G McCormack

Division of Respiratory Medicine, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada

Received 13 May 1991; Accepted 26 August 1991

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The oral cavity is a rare site for extrapulmonary tuberculosis. A case is reported of a young woman with dysphagia and oral ulceration. The original mucosal biopsy was negative on smear for acid-fast bacilli, and the patient subsequently developed pulmonary symptoms. A diagnosis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was ultimately made on open lung biopsy. Complete resolution of both mouth lesion and chest involvement occurred with standard antituberculous therapy.