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Treatment algorithm in synovial tuberculosis of the hand and wrist: a report of three cases

Turkish Association of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Tuberculosis
  • Antitubercular Agents/Therapeutic Use
  • Hand/Pathology
  • Synovitis/Pathology
  • Osteoarticular/Pathology/ Therapy
  • Wrist/Pathology


Three patients with synovial tuberculosis are presented. Involvement was in the hand in one patient, and in the wrist in two patients. None of the patients had pulmonary tuberculosis or a family history of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis treatment was initiated only after histologic verification. The cultures remained negative. The patients received a 12-month course of multidrug chemotherapy for tuberculosis, resulting in symptomatic improvement and healing. There were no recurrences during a follow-up period of 16 to 26 months. Our clinical observations showed that tuberculosis tenosynovitis benefited well from antituberculosis chemotherapy.

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