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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2017, Article ID 8416963, 4 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8416963
Case Report

Tubercular Ulcer of Tongue in an Elderly Patient Masquerading as a Traumatic Ulcer

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, P.O. Box 42, Bharatpur 10, Chitwan, Nepal
2Department of Pathology, Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital, P.O. Box 42, Bharatpur 10, Chitwan, Nepal

Correspondence should be addressed to Ramesh Parajuli; moc.liamg@ilujaraphsemarrd

Received 22 February 2017; Accepted 1 June 2017; Published 28 June 2017

Academic Editor: Abrão Rapoport

Copyright © 2017 Ramesh Parajuli and Sushna Maharjan. 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.

Abstract

Tuberculosis is still one of the most prevalent diseases in developing countries like Nepal. However, due to the effectiveness of DOTS therapy, vaccination, and education, the prevalence of tuberculosis has fallen in recent years. Although the pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis, especially the tubercular lymphadenitis, is still very common in our country, the tuberculosis of oral cavity is an uncommon condition. We present a case of an elderly male who presented with the complaint of nonhealing ulcer of lateral border of tongue for 2-month duration which was masquerading as a traumatic ulcer due to sharp teeth adjacent to the lesion. Deep biopsy was taken under local anesthesia. Histopathological examination revealed that it was tuberculosis. Antitubercular therapy was then started which cured the lesion.