Lymphoma or tuberculosis?
|Publication:||Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2013 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574|
|Issue:||Date: Jan, 2013 Source Volume: 103 Source Issue: 1|
Lymphoma is easily misdiagnosed as TB in HIV-positive patients
because the presenting symptoms (fever, weight loss and night sweats)
and signs (lymphadenopathy) are so similar. The lymphoma is typically an
aggressive, diffuse B-cell variety of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Puvaneswaran and Shoba (7) warn us how easily doctors in primary health
care settings, burdened with large numbers of patients, can fall into
the trap of calling the illness TB, by failing to order TB cultures or
follow up patients to appraise results of investigations and check on
response to TB treatment.
(7.) Puvaneswaran B, Shoba B. Misdiagnosis of tuberculosis in patients with lymphoma. S Afr Med J 2013;103(1):32-33. [http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.6093]
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