Mycobacterial mimicry in a man from Myanmar

David WJ Griffin, G Khai Lin Huang, Philippe Lachapelle, Steven YC Tong and Siddhartha Mahanty
Med J Aust 2019; 210 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50133
Published online: 6 May 2019

A 26‐year‐old refugee from Myanmar was referred to the infectious diseases unit of an Australian teaching hospital for assessment of suspected recurrent pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). He had arrived in Australia 3 months earlier, after spending the preceding 5 years in Malaysia. He was diagnosed with presumed pulmonary TB in Malaysia in 2013, in the context of a productive cough and suspicious chest x‐ray findings, without microbiological confirmation. He completed treatment with 6 months of first line anti‐TB therapy (2 months of rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide and ethambutol, followed by 4 months of rifampicin and isoniazid).

  • David WJ Griffin1
  • G Khai Lin Huang1
  • Philippe Lachapelle2
  • Steven YC Tong1,3
  • Siddhartha Mahanty1

  • 1 Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Menzies School of Health Research and Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT



David Griffin and Khai Huang contributed equally to the authorship of this manuscript. We would like to thank the staff in the Department of Microbiology at Melbourne Health.

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