The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Online ISSN : 1349-3329
Print ISSN : 0040-8727
ISSN-L : 0040-8727
Case Report
Epiglottic Tuberculosis in a Patient Treated with Steroids for Addison’s Disease
Erol EgeliFatih OghanMurat AlperUgur HarputluogluIsmet Bulut
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2003 Volume 201 Issue 2 Pages 119-125


Isolated epiglottic tuberculosis (TBC) is uncommon and has rarely been described. We report the case of a 40-year-old man with tuberculous involvement of the epiglottis and primary adrenal insufficiency. Endoscopic examination showed a severely swollen epiglottis with granulomatous and partially necrotic mucosa. The patient has been treated with glucocorticoids for four years due to primary adrenocortical insufficiency. We therefore assume that tuferculous involvement of epiglottis is due to the reactivation of pulmonary TBC. We also discuss differential diagnosis and management of epiglottic TBC and Addison’s disease.

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