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NJBMS - Volume 4, Issue 2, October - December 2013

Pages: 142-143
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DETECTION OF MICROFILARIAE AT MULTIPLE SITES IN A CASE OF DISSEMINATED TUBERCULOSIS- A RARE CASE OF CO-INFECTION

Author: CH. PREETHI, RAMA DEVI, ANURADHA BASAVARAJU

Category: Microbiology

Abstract:

In tropical countries like India, co-infections are common. Lymphatic filariasis afflicts over 120 million people while Mycobacterium tuberculosis infects over

2 billion people worldwide.[1] However, detection of microfilariae in pleural fluid is very rare.[2] Here, we report a case of disseminated tuberculosis with incidental detection of microfilariae of Wuchereria bancrofti in pleural fluid, blood smear, and cervical lymph node aspirate. A 45 year old male, farmer by occupation presented with chief complaints of back pain of 30 days duration. Fever, shortness of breath, pain abdomen for 1 week. Diagnosis of tuberculosis and filariasis were made based on radiological, biochemical and microbiological investigations and TB PCR. The patient was immunocompetant, negative for HIV infection.

Keywords: Microfilariae, Tuberculosis, Co-infection.