Glenohumeral joint tuberculosis with multiple cold abscesses: An uncommon cause of shoulder pain

Kizildag B., ŞENER A., Komurcu E., KARATAĞ O., Kosar S.

BMJ Case Reports, 2013 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1136/bcr-2013-200592
  • Journal Name: BMJ Case Reports
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The musculoskeletal system involvement of tuberculosis (TB) other than spinal TB is a rare and less-known entity. Furthermore symptoms of musculoskeletal involvement of TB infection are non-specific, relatively slow and indolent. The diagnosis of TB is less considered by clinicians among other common causes of shoulder pain including traumatic and degenerative conditions. We reported a 72-year-old patient suffering shoulder pain for the last 2 years who was diagnosed with glenohumeral joint TB arthritis associated with multiple cold abscesses in adjacent soft tissues; emphasising significant clinical and imaging findings.