A rare case of primary inoculation tuberculosis seen after varicella.

Polat M., Kara S. S. , TAPISIZ A. , TEZER H. , Ogut B. , Uluoglu O.

The Turkish journal of pediatrics, cilt.57, sa.2, ss.192-4, 2015 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 57 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Dergi Adı: The Turkish journal of pediatrics
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.192-4


Primary inoculation tuberculosis (TB) is a rare form of cutaneous TB resulting from direct introduction of Mycobacterium tuberculosis into the skin or mucosa of a previously uninfected, nonimmune person. We herein report the first case, to our knowledge, of primary inoculation TB to be seen after varicella; this case explains the possible mechanism of varicella-zoster virus-mediated transient cellular immune suppression that predisposed the patient to cutaneous TB. In this case, we believe that varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection predisposed the patient to primary inoculation TB by leading to direct inoculation of tuberculosis bacilli through vesicles or by suppressing cellular immunity.