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Revista americana de medicina respiratoria

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BOCCIA, Carlos Mario et al. Inoculation tuberculosis. Rev. amer. med. respiratoria [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.4, pp.161-165. ISSN 1852-236X.

A bacteriologist suffered a puncture accident while manipulating a Mycobacterium tuberculosis strain, affecting a finger. The involved area swelled and a drop of pus came out after pressure on the finger 15 days afterwards. This was stained by Ziehl Neelsen technique, and three acid-fast bacilli were observed. Tuberculosis was diagnosed, and proper treatment was started. We discuss the case, classified as cutaneous tuberculosis produced by exogenous infection through accidental direct inoculation.

Keywords : Accidental inoculation tuberculosis; Cutaneous tuberculosis.

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