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National Journal of Maxillofacial Surgery
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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 188-191

Tuberculous osteomyelitis of the maxilla: A rarest of rare case report

1 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Sudha Rustagi Dental College and Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Sudha Rustagi Dental College and Hospital, Faridabad, Haryana, India
3 Department of Orthodontics, Krishna Dental College, Ghaziabad, India
4 Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, K.D. Dental College, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0975-5950.154833

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Tuberculosis is a chronic granulomatous systemic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The oral lesions found in tuberculosis are relatively rare and may present as ulcers, erythematous patches, indurated lesions, nodules or as bony jaw lesions. Oral tubercular lesions sometimes present a confusing clinical presentation and can be overlooked. Hence, we document a case of tuberculous osteomyelitis of the maxilla in a 19-year-old female patient, who was initially treated for multiple periodontal dental abscesses, which later proved to be tubercular osteomyelitis of the maxilla. Although it is a rare occurrence, the differential diagnosis of tuberculous osteomyelitis must always be considered when it fails to respond to routine therapy.

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