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Summer 2003, Vol. 11 No. 2

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (2003) 11, 92-95


Case Report

Cutaneous tuberculosis: a case contracted from needle prick injury

KK Ho 何家強

Abstract
This is a case report of a 30-year-old man who contracted cutaneous Mycobacterium tuberculosis after a needle prick injury with an infected specimen. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was able to give a rapid diagnosis. Routine culture was still required to guide the choice of anti-tuberculosis regime. The role of PCR in the diagnosis of cutaneous Mycobacterium infection was discussed.