When Uncommon Uncovers: Mucosal Tuberculosis in a Medical Tourist From Burundi


Moti Grupper, MD, Infectious Disease Unit, Bnai Zion Medical Center, 47 Golomb St, P.O. Box 9490, Haifa 31048, Israel. E-mail: moti.grupper@b-zion.org.il


Tuberculosis confined to the mucus membranes is a rare presentation in the era of effective chemotherapy. We describe a case of mucosal tuberculosis in a “medical tourist” from Burundi that went undiagnosed for 6 years. Starting as conjunctivitis, the disease has spread to involve the nose and larynx as well. The clinical, pathophysiological, and epidemiological aspects are discussed.