• Tuberculosis is’all dermatologic manifestations due to the presence of TB bacteria in’body including the skin level.



– rare in Europe and the industrialized countries, this is due to :

– L’improvement of living conditions, Hygiene, and nutrition.

– Immunization and tuberculosis chemotherapy.

– in Algeria, TB is a public health problem, which Sevie to’endemic.


– Koch's bacillus (BK) is a mycobacterium, immobile, very heat sensitive but resistant to cold and desiccation,

– colored red by the fuchsin, not decolorized by nitric acid or alcohol (acid-fast bacillus [BAAR]).

– It is cultivated in strict aerobic between 35 ° C and 37 C on enriched media " Lowenstein Jensen » – On distingue:

– Tuberculosis is on bacille de Koch,

– Mycobacterium tuberculosis bovis, agent of bovine tuberculosis (involved in 1 at 5% cases of human tuberculosis).


Classification of cutaneous tuberculosis according beyt :based on pathophysiological criteria

I- TB inoculation (exogenously) :

– canker tuberculosis

– warty tuberculosis

II- secondary tuberculosis (endogenous) :

– Par contiguïté : Scrofuloderme

– Auto-inoculation: orificial tuberculosis

III- hematogenous tuberculosis :

– lupus vulgaris

– Acute miliary tuberculosis

– TB gum

IV- eruptive tuberculosis :

– Lichen scrofulosorum

– Tuberculides papular or papulopustular necrotic

– Erythema induratum

– nodular vasculitis

I- TB inoculation (exogenously) :

1- canker tuberculosis ; mutibacillaire form

  • Secondary inoculation mucocutaneous bacillus directly in a non-immunized subject :
  • Especially in infants and young children
  • After infecting a direct injury: circumcision, traditional surgery, pierced ear, there is rarely a dirty wound (bites,coughing)
  • predominates in the lower limbs,  face and mucous orogenital.
  • Incubation :1at 3 weeks
  • érythématoviolacé a firm nodule, that ulcer with peeling edges and complicated, and 1à 2 month, lymphangitis lymphadenopathy with poly satellite fistulized evolution
  • No general signs
  • Evolution :Sometimes extension spontaneous cure TB to other organs
  • IDR negative
  • Ex Direct and cultures allow to find the BK
  • histology found a nonspecific inflammatory infiltrate rich in neutrophils , AFB, granulomatous evolution occurs only after lymph node involvement.

2- The warty tuberculosis : pauci bacillary form,infrequent

  • it results either :
  • re-inoculation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a previously sensitized subject,
  • Inoculation is often accidental professional : cattle breeders, slaughterhouse workers, paramedic medical staff.
  • Horny hard nodule which gradually spread to form a warty very limited closet surrounded by an inflammatory areola where deaf pus
  • Siege : hands (bord radial)++,dorsal side of the fingers / wrist ,peri region anal and the buttocks and the point of inoculation.
  • signs Related :adénopathies satellites , tuberculous lymphangitis,achievement of tendons, bones and joints underlying.
  • Evolution slow and torpid
  • In the absence of treatment : swarming near and distance
  • IDR is positive
  • Exam Direct and cultures often negative
  • histology

– tuberculoid granuloma with caseating

– acanthosis and papillomatosis

– hyperkératose orthokératosique

  • Diagnostic differential :cutaneous leishmaniasis, pyodermites, mycoses,verrues.

II. secondary tuberculosis (endogenous) :

1- Le scrofuloderme : F .multibacillaire

  • Is over 50% of all cutaneous TBC
  • Secondary to the extension to the skin of adenitis or osteo arthritis to tuberculosis
  • Seat : cou, trunk, members, rachis
  • These are nodules dermo-hypodermic, progressing to softening, fistula to the skin and’ulceration, and healing
  • IDR :positive
  • We find the BK culture of the aspirate of the abscess because the former is generally unprofitable Direct
  • The radiological and biological explorations allow to find the initial focus.
  • histology  feature : follicle tuberculoïde Koester with caseating retouve is at the stage of nodule and softening

2- The orificial tuberculosis : F paucibacillaire

  • Secondary to self-inoculation from pulmonary homes, laryngeal, digestive and urinary.
  • Touche especially the man with fireplace evolutionary visceral
  • periorificial ulcerations subacute (the language , the lips, nostrils, anus, urethra)
  • Ulcer typical TB language : single superficial ulceration , not hardened and not infiltrated with irregular edges ,the bottom is fibrin purulent ,painful ++.
  • signs Related : polyADP inflammatory ipsilateral.
  • evolution : No spontaneous tendency to healing, often with appearance small abrasions coalescing devices.
  • IDR :positive
  • Cultures :positives
  • Histology initially nonspecific inflammatory infiltrate with presence B.A.A.R., then form a pseudo-epitheliomatous hyperplasia.
  • Diagnostic differential : with sores, plates mucosa of secondary syphilis, squamous cell carcinoma.

III- TB bloodborne :

a)- lupus tubercular :

  • Pauci bacillary form common
  • female
  • Liée to a reactivation of a quiescent or tuberculose viscérale rare évolutive
  • seat : 80% face,cou,ears,rare on members
  • Built reddish or yellowish, soft embossed squamous which slowly spreads with rugged , formed by the confluence of lupomes- micronodules dermal- having a yellowish aspect vitropression the so-called "apple jelly"
  • The evolution is slow with ulcerations,atrophic scarring and fibrous with scalable purplish edges
  • A long-term extension can give mutilation or squamous cell degeneration
  • IDR positive
  • histology agglomeration of tuberculoid granulomas
  • examination direct and the culture  are often negative
  • Diagnostic differential :with sarcoidosis, cutaneous leishmaniasis, tertiary syphilis

b)- The tuberculosis miliary acute :

  • it results either:
  • a spread through blood from a visceral focus mostly pulmonary or
  • Occurs during a primary infection in immunocompromised patients severe
  • children malnourished, elderly people
  • papules bluish ,hemorrhagic vesicles scattered necrotic
  • Impaired general condition
  • Frequently associated with pulmonary miliary, meningeal
  • Fundus :retinal tubers Bouchut
  • IDR negative
  • Ex Direct found BK
  • The evolution is often fatal

c)- The tires tubercular :

gums tubercular :

  • terrain : immunodéprimé, malnourished.
  • seat : especially the lower limbs.
  • aspect : cold abscess or nodules dermohypodermiques farms which soften, then ulcerate.
  • Evolution is slow(several months) to a fibrous scar
  • bacteriological tests(Ziehl-Neelsen et culture) BK may objectify.
  • histology : tuberculoïde the follicle Koëster is found before the stage of ulceration.

IV- eruptive tuberculosis :

Cutaneous manifestations involving immunological phenomena

1-  Lichen scrofulosum

  • Rare, child
  • Micro pink papules, farms, shiny granites fall into closets
  • Trunk, members, upper lips
  • IDR +++

2-  Tuberculides papulo nécrotique

  • Dark red papules, dures, sometimes pustules or necrotic places.
  • Faces extension members, dorsal hands, feet, buttocks, the lumbar region.
  • always positive IDRT.
  • histology : tuberculoid granuloma with caseating.
  • always negative bacteriology.
  • Differential diagnosis : with necrotic acne, syphilides necrotic, prurigo, furoncles.

3- Erythema induratum

  • Pushed asymmetric predominant hypodermitis the lower limbs
  • Predominates in obese women with venous insufficiency
  • Inflammatory nodules or cupboards purplish and painful with a chronic course
  • IDR ++++

4- erythema nodosum

  • Manifestation of primary TB infection
  • Hypodermitis acute nodular, performing hot red painful inflammatory nodules
  • Faces of leg extensions
  • Fever, arthralgia and impaired general condition

V- cutaneous manifestations of BCG :

On the BCG website can be

  • Ulceration not healing after several months of evolution
  • pustular reaction
  • Nodule subcutaneous abscess progressing to
  • Rarely diffuse protests :tuberculides papulonecrotiques,IN,vascularite nodulaires


– it is retained on a beam of’arguments.

1/ elements presumption :

*anamnesis :

– Concept with tuberculosis.

– history or coexistence visceral tubercular lesions.

* biology :

– FNS : leukocytosis with hyper lymphocytosis.

– IDR : tuberculin, uses of the purified tuberculin

– injection 10 IU intradermal tuberculin, ant on the front of the’forearm.

– after reading 72 h, by measuring the diameter of the’induration

2/ items certainties :

A- bacteriological :

– c’is the highlight of the BK.

– sampling : on skin cheesy home, puncture of’lymphadenopathy, biopsy specimen , serosities.


2- CULTURE on the middle of Lovenstein

– For the identification of the species and the development of antibiotic susceptibility :

– the multiplication of tubercle bacilli (time division = 20 hours) imposing a culture of delay means 28 days, and 42 days.

B- histology :

– The characteristic histological element but not specific for tuberculosis is the follicle Koester

C- methods’genetic amplifications » PCR » :

– their interest is in paucibacillary forms as lupus vulgaris, or the reaction conditions (erythema, endure pools), but however it lacks specificity and sensitivity,


Chemotherapy anti tuberculous (Rifampicine,Isoniaside,Ethambutol,Pyrazinamide)

  • Triple for 2 month
  • Double for 4 month
  • Depends on the clinical form
  • Oral TB must be given as a single morning dose on an empty stomach 1 / 2heure before breakfast.
  • Patients who have a major side effect of one of the products may use separate molecules.
  • The Rimifon only one dose 5 mg / kg / day for 6 months may be sufficient in the treatment of complications of BCG


  • It is based on the BCG vaccination, vaccine consisting of live attenuated bacilli,
  • the early detection and treatment forms Multibacillary to prevent contagion,
  • raising the socioeconomic globally for better conditions of hygiene and nutrition.