Lymphoma or tuberculosis?
Subject: Lymphomas (Diagnosis)
Tuberculosis (Diagnosis)
Pub Date: 01/01/2013
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
Accession Number: 312828751
Full Text: 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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