Published: 2021-09-28

Tuberculosis tenosynovitis of the wrist: a rare case report

Surya Rao Rao Venkata Mahipathy, Alagar Raja Durairaj, Narayanamurthy Sundaramurthy, Anand Prasath Jayachandiran, Suresh Rajendran


Tuberculosis (TB) is a common disease of the Asian continent and has a varied presentation. Involvement of the musculoskeletal system is uncommon and presents in 10% of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. The atypical sites of tuberculous infection are the spine (51%) pelvis (12%), hip and femur (10%), knee and tibia (10%), and ribs (7%), but involvement of the wrist is rare. Tuberculosis tenosynovitis is a rare site of extra-articular TB. Delayed diagnosis and hence treatment is because it mimics many other disease processes and as a result, complications are common. Median nerve compression leading to carpal tunnel syndrome may also occur in these patients. Here, we present a case of tuberculous tenosynovitis involving the wrist flexors and the radial and ulnar bursae treated with surgery.


Tuberculosis, Tenosynovitis, Carpal tunnel, Wrist, Surgery

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