Cervical Tuberculous Lymphadenitis: Clinico-demographic profilesof patients in a secondary level hospital of Bangladesh | Kamal | Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Old Website

Cervical Tuberculous Lymphadenitis: Clinico-demographic profilesof patients in a secondary level hospital of Bangladesh

Mohammad Shah Kamal, Md.Hafiz Ehsanul Hoque, Fazle Rabbi Chowdhury, Rubina Farzana


Objective: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in Bangladesh since long. The present incidence and prevalence rates of all forms of TB are 227 and 404/100,000 population respectively. The aim of this study was to find out the clinical characteristics of involved cervical lymph nodes, demographic characteristics of the patients and response to treatment of Cervical Tuberculous Lymphadenitis (CTL) cases.

Methods: A prospective study was performed in Shaheed Shamsuddin Ahmed Hospital, Sylhet, Bangladesh from June 2012 to June 2014. Total 65 patients having CTL attending outpatient department of the hospital were enrolled.

Results: Age of the patients ranged from 5 to 60 years with a mean of 25.6 years. Two third (67.7%) of the patients were female. Male: Female ratio was 1:2.1. More than half of the patients came from rural areas (53.8%) and from low socio-economic conditions (58.5%). Most of the patients presented with unilateral (87.7%), multiple (82.3%), matted (68.6%) lymph nodes, <3cm diameter (54%), commonly in right side (57.9%). Abscess was found in 21.5% cases. Discharging sinus was found in 9.2% cases. Most commonly involved lymph node group was level V (59.4%) followed by level II (42.2%). Systemic features were found in 63.07% patients. Associated lung lesion was found in 3.1% cases. FNAC was found positive for tuberculosis in 83.9% cases. Most of the patients (78.46%) were cured with six months anti-tubercular chemotherapy.

Conclusions: Early diagnosis and treatment is critical in reducing the overall prevalence. It is essential to have awareness regarding common presentations of cervical tuberculous lymphadenitis among the general population as well as healthcare professionals working in the resource poor primary and secondary level hospitals. 

doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.323.9550

How to cite this:Kamal MS, Hoque MHE, Chowdhury FR, Farzana R. Cervical Tuberculous Lymphadenitis: Clinico-demographic profiles of patients in a secondary level hospital of Bangladesh. Pak J Med Sci. 2016;32(3):608-612.   doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.12669/pjms.323.9550

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