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Tuberculous placenta: a rare bird but not extinct
  1. Laura Miranda1,
  2. Irfanali Kugasia2,
  3. Liying Han3,
  4. Dipak Chandy1,
  5. Oleg Epelbaum1
  1. 1 Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, New York, USA
  2. 2 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Waxahachie, Texas, USA
  3. 3 Department of Pathology, Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Laura Miranda, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA; drlauramiranda{at}

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A 26-year-old woman from Pakistan presented to our institution in New York with episodic right-sided weakness and expressive aphasia. She was at 36 weeks’ gestation of an uncomplicated third pregnancy. On presentation, the patient appeared well, had normal vital signs and was afebrile. Her neurological examination was normal between recurrences. The patient reported usual fetal movement, and fetal monitoring displayed a reassuring tracing. MRI of the brain without gadolinium revealed numerous ring-like hyperintense lesions most consistent with an inflammatory or infectious aetiology (figure 1A). CT of the chest demonstrated multiple bilateral lung nodules with areas of coalescence (figure 1B). The patient denied respiratory symptoms. HIV and vasculitis testing was negative. Interferon gamma release assay had been positive earlier in the pregnancy. Lumbar puncture was performed: there was an elevated opening pressure, lymphocytic pleocytosis, low glucose and high protein. Cerebrospinal fluid smear for acid-fast bacilli (AFB) …

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  • Contributors Conception of manuscript: all authors. Pathology image acquisition and processing: LH. Writing of manuscript: LM, OE. Review and approval of manuscript: all authors.

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