Primary Tuberculosis of the Pharynx in an HIV Context: A Case Report

Cristian Morán-Mariños*, Felix Llanos-Tejada, Renzo Villanueva-Villegas, Kanneth G. Vargas-Ponce, Juan Salas-López

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Pharyngeal tuberculosis without pulmonary involvement is very rare and may be confused with malignant lesions. We present a 45-year-old female patient with a history of HIV presenting with a history of cough, sore throat, and oral ulcers with chronic use of antibiotics. The evolution would indicate a probable malignant tumor, but the biopsy was consistent with Pharyngeal TB. The patient initiated anti-tuberculosis therapy and demonstrated improved conditions and remission of ulcers. In the context of HIV, this treatment could be a major contributor to the underdiagnosis of the disease and may lead to alternative diagnoses. Therefore, it is vital to consider this condition in patients who do not respond to antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Medicine Insights: Case Reports
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024


  • HIV
  • Pharyngeal diseases
  • pharyngeal neoplasms
  • tuberculosis


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