ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Case Report
Co-Existence of Tuberculous Meningitis and Pulmonary Tuberculosis in a Denim Sandblaster
1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Department of Pulmonary Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
3 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2012; 44: 54-57
DOI: 10.5152/eajm.2012.12
Key Words: Denim sandblaster, Pulmonary tuberculosis, Tuberculous meningitis
Abstract

 

Silicosis is a well-known occupational lung disease that was discovered by the ancient Greeks and Romans. In 2001, it has emerged again in an unexpected occupation: denim sandblasting. Exposure to crystalline silica, with or without clinical disease, is one of the most important predisposing factors for the development of tuberculosis; however, there has been no previous report of tuberculosis among cases of silicosis due to denim sandblasting. Herein, we report the first case of a denim sandblaster with silicosis who developed both pulmonary tuberculosis and tuberculous meningitis.

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