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Tuberculous prostatitis is rare in prostate cancer patients in Bangladesh

Mahbuba Ashrafi Mumu1, M Tahminur Rahman2, Ashfaque Hossain3,4, Sayera Banu5, Muhammad Manjurul Karim1*

Department of Microbiology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh1, Department of Pathology, Anwer Khan Modern Medical College, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh2 , College of Medicine, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia3, Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia4, International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases and Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Dhaka, Bangladesh5

ABSTRACT:This study investigated whether tuberculous prostatitis is common among patients with different prostatic lesions including prostate cancer in Bangladesh. None of the 85 biopsy sample revealed acid fast bacilli on Ziehl-Neelsen (Z-N) microscopy or the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis on polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Moreover, eight samples of prostatic adenocarcinoma which were also tested by Xpert MTB/RIF assay did not show presence of M. tuberculosis. These findings indicate that tuberculous prostatitis is rare in the cross section Bangladeshi population investigated in this study.

KEYWORDS: Prostatic lesions, prostate cancer, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Xpert MTB/RIF assay

CORRESPONDENCE:Muhammad Manjurul Karim, E-mail:


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