Case Report
2016 June
Volume : 4 Issue : 2

Tubercular cold abscess of scapula: A rare presentation

Quadri V, Srinivas Y, Srinivas K

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  1Department of Orthopaedics, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Minister Road, Secunderabad-500003, Telangana, India

 *Corresponding author:Dr.VasilQuadri, Department of Orthopaedics, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Minister Road, Secunderabad-500003, Telangana, India. Email:

 Received 23 January 2015; Revised 14 March 2016; Accepted 21 March 2016; Published 28 March 2016

 Citation:Quadri V, Srinivas Y, Srinivas K. Tubercular cold abscess of scapula: A rare presentation. J Med Sci Res. 2016; 4(2):80-82.DOI:


Copyright: © 2016 Quadri V, et al. Published by KIMS Foundation and Research Centre. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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  Tuberculosis (TB) is a very common cause of morbidity and mortality as an infectious disease in endemic areas. Only 18 cases of scapular TB have been reported in the literature so far. In this case report, a patient was reported with tuberculosis of scapula without other typical manifestations of TB. A 54-year-old male presented with a painful progressive swelling of the left scapula for the past 6 months. The swelling was insidious in onset and progressed gradually and associated with a low grade intermittent fever. There were associated constitutional symptoms such as loss of appetite, loss of weight and non-productive cough. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)levels were elevated and Mantoux test was positive. A plain radiograph of the chest was done which is normal. MRI findings were suggestive of Koch’s pathology. Incision and drainage of the swelling was undertaken which resulted in evacuation of copious amount of pus. Pus for TB culture revealed no growth of acid-fast bacilli (AFB) after 6 weeks. Final report of AFB fluorescent culture revealed growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. The patient was started on ATT regimen. On one year follow up, he is completely asymptomatic with ESR levels and total leukocyte count being within normal limits. Tuberculosis of the scapula is a rare presentation.Tubercular cold abscess should also be kept in mind when a person from a TB endemic area, presents with painful swelling of scapula with or without the associated constitutional symptoms of TB.


Keywords: tuberculosis;tubercular cold abscess; scapula