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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 85

Tuberculous abscess: The correct perspective

Department of Neurosurgery, Chettinad Superspeciality Hospital, Chettinad Health City, Kelambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication6-May-2013

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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.111442

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Dear Sir,

I read with interest the article titled "Intramedullary tubercular abscess with syrinx formation" by Khalid et al., in the January-April, 2012 issue. [1] The authors have called caseating tuberculous granuloma as a tuberculous abscess, which is incorrect. Tuberculous abscess, by definition, is an abscess containing tubercle bacilli, with the wall showing only inflammatory cells, but no epitheloid or Langhan's giant cells, i.e. granuloma formation (Whitener, 1978). [2] This is due to a defective immune response where delayed hypersensitivity reaction is suppressed with preservation of acute inflammatory response. Hence, tuberculous abscess is distinctly different from caseating tuberculous granuloma. The incidence of tuberculous abscess itself is uncommon. [3],[4] The case reported in the above article falls into the category of caseating tuberculoma rather than a tuberculous abscess. Intramedullary tuberculoma is not uncommon, but intramedullary tuberculous abscess is extremely rare. [5] This factual error needs to be corrected.

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1.Khalid M, Khalid S, Mittal S, Ahmad U. Intramedullary tubercular abscess with syrinx formation. J Pediatr Neurosci 2012;7:61-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Whitener DR. Tuberculous brain abscess: Report of a case and review of the literature. Arch Neurol 1978;35:148-55.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Ramamurthy B, Vasudevan MC, Thamburaj AV. Tuberculous brain abscess. Neurol India 1981;19:35-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Ramesh VG, Sundar KS. Concomitant tuberculous and pyogenic cerbellar abscess in a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis. Neurol India 2008;56:91-2.  Back to cited text no. 4
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5.Devi BI, Chandra S, Mongia S, Chandramouli BA, Sastry KV, Shankar SK. Spinal intramedullary tuberculoma and abscess: A rare cause of paraparesis. Neurol India 2002;50:494-6.  Back to cited text no. 5
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