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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 392769, 3 pages
Case Report

Gastric Perforation Associated with Tuberculosis: A Case Report

1Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, 9-50 Medical Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2N8
2Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4
3Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2R7
4Department of Surgery, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3B 2E9

Received 6 December 2010; Revised 11 March 2011; Accepted 11 March 2011

Academic Editor: T. Ottenhoff

Copyright © 2011 Richdeep S. Gill et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Gastric tuberculosis is a rare presentation of tuberculosis infection. Gastric perforation associated with tuberculosis is exceedingly rare with five previously published cases. We present a case of a male patient that developed presumed gastric tuberculosis secondary to pulmonary tuberculosis infection. He subsequently developed gastric perforation and sepsis, for which he was treated both surgically and medically. Despite ongoing antituberculosis treatment, the patient's condition worsened and the patient died secondary to multiorgan failure. This case highlights gastric perforation as a rare but devastating complication of pulmonary tuberculosis.