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The Korean Journal of Medicine 2014;87(3): 373-378.
류마티스관절염 양상으로 발현된 말초 골결핵 1예
곽주희1, 이주현2, 김상헌1, 주경빈3, 전재범1,4, 성윤경1,4
1한양대학교 의과대학 내과학교실
2인제대학교 일산백병원 내과
3한양대학교 의과대학 영상의학교실
4한양대학교 류마티스병원 류마티스내과
A Case of Peripheral Bone Tuberculosis Mimicking Rheumatoid Arthritis
Joo-Hee Kwak1, Joo-Hyun Lee2, Sang-Heon Kim1, Kyung-Bin Joo3, Jae-Bum Jun1,4, Yoon-Kyoung Sung1,4
1Department of Internal Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Ilsan Paik Hospital, Inje University Collee of Medicine, Goyang, Korea
3Department of Radiology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
4Department of Rheumatology, Hanyang University Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Seoul, Korea
Corresponding Author: Yoon-Kyoung Sung ,Tel: +82-2-2290-9250, Fax: +82-2-2298-8231, Email: sungyk@hanyang.ac.kr
Received: September 20, 2013;   Revised: October 23, 2013;   Accepted: December 3, 2013.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
A 30 year-old female visited our out-patient clinic with painful joint swelling in both hands and feet. Because she had tested positive for rheumatoid factor, and her inflammatory markers were elevated, the case was initially classified as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to the 2010 American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) classification criteria. However, radiographic examinations, including simple radiography and MRI, revealed that her peripheral bone lesions were compatible with bone tuberculosis. The patient also exhibited pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) on chest X-ray and CT examinations. She was treated with isoniazid (INH), rifampicin (RFP), ethambutol (EMB), and pyrazinamide (PZA), and exhibited a good response to these medications. The patient was diagnosed as having bone TB, and her peripheral bone lesions were resolved using anti-TB treatment. This was an uncommon case of bone TB mimicking RA.
Keywords: Tuberculosis; Rheumatoid arthritis
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