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CASE REPORT
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 129-131

Loose bodies in right elbow joint: Post traumatic? or post infective?


1 Department of Lab Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi, India

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Arulselvi Subramanian
Department of Lab Medicine, Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.110784

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Tuberculous osteomyelitis after open fracture is uncommon. Early diagnosis of tubercular arthritis is difficult because of insidious onset, indolent process and mild or non specific local or systemic symptoms. This case report describes the fibrinous loose bodies in elbow joint of a patient who sustained a compound fracture presented with chronic non healing discharging sinus. Intra-operatively some suspected seed like bodies were removed and sent for histopathological examination which showed circumscribed homogenous fibrinous bodies with focal area of hyalinization and few embedded tiny osteolytic fragments. Acid Fast Bacilli staining was positive. The patient had a good recovery after treatment with anti-tuberculosis drugs.


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