FREQUENCY OF TUBERCULOSIS IN CERVICAL LYMPHADENOPATHY, OUR EXPERIENCE
Objective: To find the frequency of tuberculosis in patients presenting with cervical lymphadenopathy.
Materials and method: It was a descriptive study of 2 years duration from 1st Jan 2011 to 31st Dec 2012, conducting
in the Surgical department of Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar. A total of 214 patients of either gender and of
any age who presented to the Out Patient Department (OPD) in these 2 years with cervical lymphadenopathy for more
than 2 months were included and those with cervical lymphadenopathy of less than 2 months duration were excluded.
Results: In our study out of 214 patients 124 (57.9%) were male and most 133/214 (62.1%) were in 16-40 years age
group. Majority of cervical lymphadenopathy was diagnosed as tuberculosis 143/214 (68.8%) followed by reactive hyperplasia
25/214 (11.7%) and metastatsis from unknown origin 21/214 (9.8%). The nodes found were mostly 137/214
(64%) matted and 77/214(36%) discretely enlarged.
Conclusion: Tuberculosis is still the most common cause of cervical lymphadenopathy in this part of the world.