Skeletal tuberculosis (TB) is usually seen in association with a primary pulmonary focus. However, it is being increasingly recognized that the former may be encountered without the latter, particularly in children. Sternal lesions have been frequently reported in infants, presumably secondary to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination. Herein we report a case of rib TB and a cold abscess in a child who had previously had sternal TB; that diagnosis had been missed at the time. Timely treatment of apparently solitary skeletal lesions may reduce the number of multifocal cases of skeletal TB in children.