Erythroderma: An unusual presentation of pulmonary tuberculosis

Yuin Chew Chan, G. Yosipovitch

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We report an elderly Chinese man who presented with erythroderma. He was treated with topical corticosteroids and emollients, but did not improve. Chest X-ray revealed cavitation in the right upper pulmonary lobe, and laryngeal swab culture was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Polymerase chain reaction performed on a skin biopsy was positive for M. tuberculosis DNA. Within a month of starting antituberculous medication, his erythroderma had almost completely resolved. Pulmonary tuberculosis should be included in the list of differential diagnosis for erythroderma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-348
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Erythroderma
  • Mycobacteria
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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