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Peritoneal tuberculosis: modern peril for an ancient disease.

Authors
  • Kosseifi, Semaan
  • Hoskere, Giendra
  • Roy, Thomas M
  • Byrd, Ryland P Jr
  • Mehta, Jay
Type
Published Article
Journal
Southern Medical Journal
Publisher
Southern Medical Association
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2009
Volume
102
Issue
1
Pages
57–59
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31819007c8
PMID: 19077748
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Extrapulmonary manifestations of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) in general, and tuberculous peritonitis (TBP) in particular, have posed complex diagnostic challenges for centuries. Peritoneal tuberculosis is a very rare manifestation of MTB with subtle clinical findings that may result in a significant diagnostic delay, often of more than four months. As the incidence of tuberculosis is declining in developed nations, clinicians may overlook the need to establish an early diagnosis and prompt therapy for this disorder. We present a case of peritoneal tuberculosis and a review of the literature.

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