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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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SANCHEZ PORTELA, Joel Ramón; SANCHEZ CAMARA, Luanda  and  CRESPO LEDESMA, Elvis. Tonsillar tuberculosis. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.4, pp.180-186. ISSN 1561-3194.

Pulmonary tuberculosis is the infectious disease having the greatest rates of death all over the world along with Acquired Immunodeficiency Virus and Malaria. It is estimated than a third part of the population al over the world is affected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Although lungs are more frequent affected, it can involve all the organs and systems provoking the major complications in children younger than 5 years old. A case of a 74-year old patient attending to the Primary Health Care at "Comandante Pinares" General Hospital in San Cristobal municipality presented progressive respiratory distress, loss of weight, odynophagia and bilateral growth of palatal tonsils. To determine it: clinical, imaging, microbiological and pathological studies were performed, the diagnosis confirmed the presence of extra pulmonary tuberculosis of rare location, the patient recovered from the illness with the treatment established by the National Program for the Control of Tuberculosis in Cuba.

Keywords : Tuberculosis; Tuberculosis laryngeal; Lung diseases.

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