A Case of Cutaneous Tuberculosis Presenting with Generalized Xanthogranulomas

  • Leah Antoinette M. Caro-Chang
  • Eileen Liesl A. Cubillan
Keywords: xanthogranuloma, tuberculosis, histiocytes


A 33-year-old male had a 22-year history of generalized xanthogranulomas but had a normal lipid profile. He also developed ulcerating plaques on his arm and back that were consistent with cutaneous tuberculosis on histopathologic and polymerase chain reaction PCR studies. In a normolipemic patient with generalized xanthogranulomas, a reactive granulomatous response of histiocytes to infection is explored since these share a common CD 14+ precursor with the macrophages that are vital in tuberculosis.


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