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Case Reports in Dermatological Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 7285169, 4 pages
Case Report

Unusual Sites of Cutaneous Tuberculosis: A Report of Two Cases

1Department of Dermatology, Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India
2Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India
3Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India

Correspondence should be addressed to Vishal Chopra; moc.liamtoh@arpohclahsivrd

Received 6 October 2016; Revised 19 December 2016; Accepted 9 January 2017; Published 27 February 2017

Academic Editor: Ioannis D. Bassukas

Copyright © 2017 Dimple Chopra et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cutaneous tuberculosis (CTB) is an uncommon small subset of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, comprising 1–1.5% of all extrapulmonary tuberculosis manifestations, which manifests only in 8.4–13.7% of all tuberculosis cases. Lupus vulgaris (LV) and tuberculosis verrucosa cutis (TBVC) are forms of reinfection tuberculosis and often occur in presensitized patients, by exogenous inoculation. We report two cases of cutaneous tuberculosis at unusual sites. A 35-year-old female having a forehead lesion for 2 years was diagnosed as having tuberculosis verrucosa cutis and another 16-year-old girl with lesion in left axilla for 10 years was proven to have lupus vulgaris. The delayed diagnosis was possibly due to lower clinical suspicion due to the presentation of CTB at unusual sites. This highlights the importance of keeping TB as an important differential as misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of this entity can lead to prolonged morbidity.