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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 51-53

Pulmonary vein compression by paravertebral abscess: An atypical presentation of tuberculosis

Department of Cardiology, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Debabrata Bera
Department of Cardiology, RG Kar Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0189-7969.148489

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Tuberculosis is a common disease in developing countries. It can cause dyspnea due to primary involvement of lungs with pulmonary Koch's, but one of the uncommon presentations may be solely due to compression of pulmonary veins (PVs) and/or left atrium resulting in exertional dyspnea resembling cardiac disease. Though there are case reports of lung metastasis, pulmonary artery aneurysm and left atrial myxoma causing PV compression, in literature PV compression due to cold abscess is extremely rare. Here, we report a case of paravertebral cold abscess causing symptoms effectively due to PV compression who got cured with anti-tubercular therapy.

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