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A Case Report of Occupational Middle Ear Tuberculosis in a Nurse

Hrvoje Lalić orcid id ; Health Centre Rijeka, University of Rijeka School of Medicine, Rijeka, Croatia
Melita Kukuljan orcid id ; Health Centre Rijeka, University of Rijeka School of Medicine, Rijeka, Croatia
Milenka Đinđić-Pavičić ; Polyclinic Sunce, Department of Radiology, Rijeka, Croatia

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 255 Kb

str. 333-336

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This article presents a case of a 40-year-old female patient with a right-side middle ear tuberculosis. The patient was a nurse, who had worked at the Department of Pulmology, Clinical Hospital Rijeka for 17 years. The cause was infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis while she assisted in bronchoscopy. The patient was referred to occupational medicine (OM) for confirmation of occupational disease immediately after surgery. The disease was confirmed as occupational by the Croatian Institute for Health Insurance of Health Protection at Work. During surgery a sample was taken for microbiological analysis. We did initial and control multislice computed tomography (MSCT) and control magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of temporal bones 6 months after the surgery. The initial MSCT showed total mastoid cell shadowing without destruction, while the control image showed almost full recovery save for a few remaining shadowed cells. Adequately taken occupational history by an OM specialist can significantly shorten the time to diagnosis of a rare occupational illness that is often manifested by non-specific symptoms

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extrapulmonary tuberculosis; healthcare workers; occupational disease; occupational medicine

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