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Epididymal tuberculosis: Case report

Author Information

J. Shavadia, MBChB and A. Abdallah, MBChB, H Dip Surg (SA), FRCS, Aga Khan University Hospital,
Nairobi, Department of Surgery

Corresponding author:

Dr. A. Abdallah, P.O. Box 30270, 00100, Nairobi, Kenya, Email: abdulkarim.abdallah@aku.edu

Summary

The increasing incidence of extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPT) parallels the global increase in the prevalence of tuberculosis. Epididymal tuberculosis (TB), a rare form of EPT, may present both diagnostic and treatment challenges.

A case of epididymal TB where the diagnosis was made after an orchidectomy for a suspected malignancy is discussed. The thrust of this presentation is to highlight the varied clinical manifestations of tuberculosis, the great masquerader, in our local setting. The case highlights the need to have a high level of diagnostic suspicion. This will limit unnecessary surgical procedures and prevent complications associated with delay in initiating treatment.

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