Miliary tuberculosis with no pulmonary involvement in myelodysplastic syndromes: A curable, yet rarely diagnosed, disease: Case report and review of the literature
AuthorNeonakis, I. K.; Alexandrakis, M. G.; Gitti, Z.; Tsirakis, G.; Krambovitis, E.; Spandidos, D. A.
Background: Although tuberculosis is not uncommon among patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), only a few reports of such patients suffering from miliary tuberculosis (MT) exist. MT often presents as a fever of unknown origin and it is a curable disease, yet fatal if left untreated. Case presentation: We report a case of MT with no clinical or laboratory indications of pulmonary involvement in a patient with MDS, and review the relevant literature. Mycobacterium tuberculosis was isolated from the liquid culture of a bone marrow aspirate. Conclusion: Even if the initial diagnostic investigation for a fever of obscure etiology is negative, MT should not be excluded from the differential diagnosis list. Since it is a curable disease, persistent and vigorous diagnostic efforts are warranted. In suspected cases, mycobacterial blood cultures should be collected as soon as possible after hospital admission and early bone marrow aspirate with mycobacterial cultures is advocated. © 2008 Neonakis et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.