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01.12.2018 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2018 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2018

Tuberculous coxitis with trochanteric bursitis manifesting a year after immigration to Germany: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2018
Georgios Sogkas, Anna Holz, Elke Riechers, Florian Länger, Christian von Falck, Reinhold Ernst Schmidt, Torsten Witte



Osteoarticular tuberculosis is rare in Germany. In particular, trochanteric bursitis is an extremely rare manifestation of osteoarticular tuberculosis. We describe a case of tuberculous coxitis with trochanteric bursitis, successfully treated with a fourfold tuberculostatic therapy.

Case presentation

We report the case of a 43-year-old human immunodeficiency virus-negative Sudanese man with osteoarticular tuberculosis, who was originally admitted with the suspected diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. Low grade fever together with the positive result of an interferon-gamma release assay test as well as findings from magnetic resonance imaging provided clues to the diagnosis. A definitive diagnosis could be set after a computed tomography-guided biopsy.


Apart from a rare involvement pattern of osteoarticular tuberculosis, including trochanteric bursitis, this case highlights the increasing importance of osteoarticular tuberculosis as a differential diagnosis of rheumatic disorders. With the growing migration flows from tuberculosis-endemic African countries, clinicians in central and northern Europe may be more frequently confronted with atypical involvement patterns of osteoarticular tuberculosis.

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