Rapid, reliable diagnosis of tuberculosis is essential to initiate correct treatment, avoid severe complications, and prevent transmission. Conventional microbiological methods may not be an option if samples are formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) for histopathological examination. With the demonstration of necrotizing granulomatous inflammation, tuberculosis becomes an important differential diagnosis, although it was not initially suspected. Following paraffin extraction, BDProbeTec ET strand displacement amplification for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTC) was applied to 47 prospectively and 19 retrospectively collected FFPE samples from various sources with granulomatous inflammation and results were compared to tuberculosis notification. Of the prospective samples, 20 were from patients who were notified as having tuberculosis and the assay was positive in 18 (90%). Specificity was 100%. For 27 of the patients with prospectively collected FFPE specimens, culture was performed on a specimen collected at a later date from the same location. Culture revealed MTC in 14 and nontuberculous mycobacteria in four. BDProbeTec ET was positive in 13 (92.8%) of the patients with positive MTC culture and negative in the remaining. The sensitivity and specificity in 19 archival samples was 40% and 100%, respectively, compared to notification data. The assay provided rapid, correct diagnosis on different sources of FFPE samples collected prospectively and therefore offers an important supplementary method for patients where tuberculosis was not initially suspected.