Chinese Journal of Dermatology ›› 2019, Vol. 52 ›› Issue (3): 215-219.doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.0412-4030.2019.03.016

• Continuing Medical Education • Previous Articles    

Cutaneous tuberculosis

Chen Yanqing, Wang Hongsheng   

  1. Laboratory of Mycobacteriology, Hospital for Skin Diseases, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Nanjing 210042, China
  • Received:2018-05-04 Revised:2018-12-09 Online:2019-03-15 Published:2019-03-04
  • Contact: Wang Hongsheng
  • Supported by:
    Science and Technology Planning Project of Jiangsu Province of China (BE2018619); CAMS Innovation Fund for Medical Sciences (2017-I2M-B&R-14)

Abstract: 【Abstract】 Cutaneous tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. Its clinical manifestations vary with infection route, host immunity, etc. Traditional laboratory examinations, including acid-fast staining followed by direct microscopy, cultivation, histopathological examination and so on, still play important roles in the diagnosis and treatment of cutaneous tuberculosis. Development of a series of laboratory techniques represented by nucleic acid amplification tests provides significant support for accurate clinical diagnosis and treatment in recent years. This review summarizes advances in the etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, laboratory examinations and treatment of cutaneous tuberculosis.

Key words: Tuberculosis, cutaneous, Diagnosis, Clinical protocols