BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis can involve any organ system in the body. While pulmonary tuberculosis is the most common presentation, extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is also an important clinical problem. The occurrence and pathophysiology of a different kind of EPTB has been described.
METHODS: Histopathologic records of patients between January 2003 and December 2007 were reviewed. Patient age and sex, particularly those who were diagnosed with soft tissue tuberculosis; anatomic location of soft tissue lesion (diagnosed with TB and non-TB) were documented.
RESULTS: A total of 31 patients (18 men and 13 women) meeting study criteria were identified. The mean age was 44 years (range 11-77 years). A total of 6 patients (17.14%) had soft tissue tuberculosis found in the buttocks/anus. Majority of soft tissue non-tuberculosis were found in the back (234 cases).
CONCLUSIONS: Soft tissue tuberculosis is a clinically important type of extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Its occurrence has now been described and documented. The number of patients who met the criteria may not be that significant thus future studies regarding incidence, sociodemographic profile of patients as well as treatment incurred is recommended.