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Yeungnam University Journal of Medicine 2009;26(1):44-48.
DOI:    Published online June 30, 2009.
A Case of Tarsal Bone Tuberculosis in a Patient with Polycythemia Vera.
Sung Ae Koh, Se Hun Shon, Dong Gun Kim, Sung Woo Park, Choong Ki Lee, Kyung Hee Lee, Min Kyoung Kim, Myung Soo Hyun
Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.
Talus tuberculosis is a rare disease, even in an endemic tuberculosis area. In reviews of the worldwide literature, only 18 cases of talus tuberculosis have been reported. Recently, we experienced a case of a 70-year-old polycythemia vera patient with right metatarsopharyngeal joint pain for 2 months duration who was diagnosed with talus tuberculosis with prostate involvement. Tuberculosis should be considered as one of the causes of monoarticulitis, especially in countries, where the disease is endemic. Additionally, we highly recommend taking a biopsy of the site of suspected infection because an early diagnosis is the key to successful treatment.
Key Words: Polycythemia vera, Osteomyelitis, Tuberculosis


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