Turkish Journal of Nephrology
Case Report

An Atypical Presentation of Tuberculosis in a Kidney Transplant Recipient with Tenosynovitis Attack


Department of Nephrology, Erciyes University Medical Faculty, Kayseri, Türkiye


Department of Internal Medicine, Erciyes University Medical Faculty, Kayseri, Türkiye

Turkish J Nephrol 2023; 32: 264-268
DOI: 10.5152/turkjnephrol.2023.2267345
Read: 164 Downloads: 94 Published: 01 July 2023

The frequency of tuberculosis in organ transplant recipients has not been clearly determined and varies according to geographical distribution. However, the incidence has been considerably higher in organ transplant recipients than in the healthy population. Tuberculosis may have an atypical presentation in immunocompromised hosts, which can delay the diagnosis. Also, tuberculosis leads to alteration in immunosuppressive treatments, such as drug interaction or dis- continuation. In this case, we present a kidney transplant recipient with joint pain in the right hand and wrist. Her pain was refractory to analgesics and steroid therapy. Tenosynovitis was detected by radiological examination. Subsequently, miliary tuberculosis diagnosis was established through the onset of respiratory symptoms during hospitalization. The diag- nosis was based on thoracic tomographic findings and molecular tests. The arthralgias resolved after the administration of tuberculosis therapy.

Cite this article as: Yılmaz T, Uysal C, Ödev MF, Kocyigit İ, Oymak O. An atypical presentation of tuberculosis in a renal transplant recipient with tenosynovitis attack. Turk J Nephrol. 2023;32(3):264-268.

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