MELIOIDOSIS AND TUBERCULOSIS CO-INFECTION IN A NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETIC PATIENT WITH NECK ABSCESSES.
YAP WHL1, WONG ER1, ABBASI SM2, PANDE KC1
1Department of Orthopaedics and 2Department of OtoRhinoLaryngology, Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital, Jalan Putera Al-Muhtadee Billah, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1710, Negara Brunei Darussalam.
The occurrence of melioidosis and tuberculosis co-infection is uncommon and rarely reported. We report a case of 39-year-old woman who presented with bilateral neck absceses resulting from co-infection with Burkholderia pseudomallei and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The patient was successfully treated after drainage of neck abscesses with extensive phase of antibiotic for melioidosis and with anti-tubercular treatment. It is important to consider co-infection especially in endemic areas for both the diseases.
Keywords: Abscess, Co-infection, Diabetes Mellitus, Melioidosis, Tuberculosis.
Correspondence: Dr Ketan C Pande, Consultant in Orthopaedics, RIPAS Hospital. Negara Brunei Darussalam.
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Brunei Int Med J. 2020;16:29-33