Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 643

Case Report

Pleomorphic appearance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

S. Malhotra1*, N K. Bhatia2, M. Kaushal2, N. Kaur2 and A. Chauhan2
1Department of Microbiology, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India. 2Department of Pathology, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 02 March 2010
  •  Published: 30 April 2010


Mycobacterium tuberculosis still remains a substantial global threat due to ill defined mechanisms that enable this organism to persist and replicate. Although molecular methods have revolutionized the diagnostic techniques in tuberculosis, yet a conventional simple microscopy remains the most cheap, easy and simple method for its diagnosis. The only requirement for the same is a trained eye to identify different pleomorphic forms of acid fast bacilli from the clinical specimen. We present here a case report of tubercular lumbar abscess with an unusual morphology.


Key words: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, morphology, microscopy.