Surgical Management in Pulmonary Tuberculosis

  • Rajan Santosham


The anti-tuberculosis medications have changed the perspective of tuberculosis (TB) management, as effective medical management has significantly reduced the need for surgical intervention. However, recently the tuberculosis management in patients that are immunocompromised with HIV infection and poor drug compliance and drug resistance has become a challenge. The human mycobacterium tuberculosis is developing drug resistance, and the need for surgery in developing countries is increasing in multidrug resistance (MDR) and extreme drug resistance (XDR) cases. Modern surgeons will have to learn from the history of surgery in thoracic tuberculosis rather than reinventing the wheel. Surgery in these cases should be planned, and spread of this global disease needs to be curtailed by monitoring and education of the healthcare professionals, patients and their relatives. In Western countries developing countries, TB has varied presentation and can mimic many diseases, and surgery is performed more frequently for its diagnosis. Parenchyma-preserving surgery should be considered in successfully medically managed cases where scarred lung parenchyma needs resection.


Tuberculosis Decortication Segmental Resection Thoracoplasty Balloon Dilatation Broncopleural Fistula Pneumonectomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rajan Santosham
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  1. 1.Department of Thoracic SurgerySantosham Chest HospitalChennaiIndia

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