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An uncommon cause of foot ulcer: tuberculous osteomyelitis
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    The diagnosis of tuberculosis is difficult to verify
    Dear Editor,

    Yuen and Tung describe a case of tuberculous osteomyelitis of the foot [1] and the potential difficulties in making the diagnosis. The authors were fortunate enough to have typical histological biopsy findings which subsequently cultured Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB), providing diagnostic confirmation and estimations of sensitivities. However, in many instances, the diagnosis of tuberculosis is difficult to ve...

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    Re: The diagnosis of tuberculosis is difficult to verify
    • MC Yuen
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      • WK Tung
    Dear Editor,

    We thank Dr. T. Ho for his comment on our article reporting a young patient with tuberculous osteomyelitis [1]. We wrote the article from the perspective of emergency medicine. Although polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a good adjunct to microbiological culture for diagnosing mycobacterium tuberculosis, it is not available to the majority of emergency physicians in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, we should discuss it b...

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