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Case Reports in Nephrology
Volume 2013, Article ID 213273, 5 pages
Case Report

A Case Series of Gastrointestinal Tuberculosis in Renal Transplant Patients

1Department of Nephrology, Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Santo António Hospital, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal
2Department of Pathology, Centro Hospitalar do Porto, Santo António Hospital, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal

Received 6 January 2013; Accepted 26 January 2013

Academic Editors: S. K. Agarwal, G. V. R. Prasad, and W. Sulowicz

Copyright © 2013 Pedro Azevedo 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.


Tuberculosis is a disease relatively frequent in renal transplant patients, presenting a wide variety of clinical manifestations, often involving various organs and potentially fatal. Gastrointestinal tuberculosis, although rare in the general population, is about 50 times more frequent in renal transplant patients. Intestinal tuberculosis has a very difficult investigational approach, requiring a high clinical suspicion for its diagnosis. Therapeutic options may be a problem in the context of an immunosuppressed patient, requiring adjustment of maintenance therapy. The authors report two cases of isolated gastro-intestinal tuberculosis in renal transplant recipients that illustrates the difficulty of making this diagnosis and a brief review of the literature on its clinical presentation, diagnosis, and therapeutic approach.