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Type: Journal article
Title: Orbital tuberculosis: A review of the literature
Author: Madge, S.
Prabhakaran, V.
Shome, D.
Kim, U.
Honavar, S.
Selva-Nayagam, D.
Citation: Orbit, 2008; 27(4):267-277
Publisher: Taylor & Francis The Netherlands
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0167-6830
1744-5108
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Simon N. Madge, Venkatesh C. Prabhakaran, Debraj Shome, Usha Kim, Santosh Honavar and Dinesh Selva
Abstract: Purpose: To provide an up-to-date review of the clinical presentations, investigations, and management of orbital tuberculosis (OTB). Methods: Systematic review of the literature concerning OTB, limiting the results to English-language peer-reviewed journals. Results: Seventy-nine patients from 39 publications were identified as cases of OTB. The condition presents in one of five forms: classical periostitis; orbital soft tissue tuberculoma or cold abscess, with no bony involvement; OTB with bony involvement; spread from the paranasal sinuses; and tuberculous dacryoadenitis. The ocular adnexa, including the nasolacrimal system and overlying skin, may also be involved. Conclusions: Diagnosis can be difficult and may necessitate an orbital biopsy, in which acid-fast bacilli (AFB) and characteristic histopathology may be seen. Growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (mTB) from such a specimen remains the gold standard for diagnosis. Ancillary investigations include tuberculin skin tests and chest radiography, but more recently alternatives such as whole blood interferon-╬│ immunological tests and PCR-based tests of pathological specimens have proven useful. The management of OTB is complex, requiring a stringent public health strategy and high levels of patient adherence, combined with long courses of multiple anti-tuberculous medications. The interaction of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with TB may further complicate management.
Keywords: Orbit; tuberculosis; TB; mycobacteria
RMID: 0020083833
DOI: 10.1080/01676830802225152
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