Bone tuberculosis simulating an exostosis
Youssef El Bir, Monsef Boufettal
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;17:173. doi:10.11604/pamj..17.173.4076

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Bone tuberculosis simulating an exostosis

Youssef El Bir, Monsef Boufettal
Pan Afr Med J. 2014; 17:173. doi:10.11604/pamj.2014.17.173.4076. Published 07 Mar 2014

We report a diagnosis trap of bone tuberculosis of distal femur that simulates an exostosis. It was revealed by pain and swelling. Radiography and CT were in favor of exostosis. The histological study after surgical biopsy revealed caseating giant cell granulomas with epitheloid cells confirming the diagnosis. The outcome was favorable after antituberculous therapy. This study emphasizes the necessary awareness of pseudo-tumor appearance of tuberculosis in endemic area

Corresponding author:
Monsef Boufettal, Orthopedic Surgery Department of Ibn Sina hospital, Rabat, Morocco

©Youssef El Bir et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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