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Pseudotumoral mycobacterial infection in the head and neck: A clinical study

  • T. H. J. Lesser (a1), A. F. Jefferis (a1) and H. J. Shaw (a1)


The clinical aspects of mycobacterial infection of the head and neck are considered as presenting in patients at a cancer hospital over the last 15 years. Some difficulties in diagonsis with respect to the evalution of tuberculosis in this region are discussed.

A total of 32 patients with evidence of infection were identified. Twenty-six of these with cervical lymphadenopathy are considered as a group; their clinical features and diagonsis are summarized and a note made of the recent change in the macroscopic quality of the notes removed.

Six cases are given particular attention; two with laryngeal, two with nasal or adenodial infection and two with atypical mycobacterial infection diagnosed on clinical grounds.


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Head and Neck Unit, Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London SW3 6JJ.


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