N. Lal, V. Soto-Wright, "Peritoneal Tuberculosis: Diagnostic Options", Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 7, Article ID 413845, 4 pages, 1999. https://doi.org/10.1155/S1064744999000447
Peritoneal Tuberculosis: Diagnostic Options
Background: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis has vague symptoms and few signs. It is essential to recognize and diagnose this curable disease prior to performing definitive surgery. Newer tests such as DNA or RNA amplification allow for early diagnosis but have limitations.Case: We report a case of peritoneal tuberculosis in an immigrant woman. She had vague symptoms of low-grade fever, mild abdominal pain, obstipation, and bloating. Diagnostic laparoscopy was performed to establish the diagnosis. Tuberculosis was confirmed by DNA extraction from the frozen section specimen with subsequent analysis using polymerase chain reaction.Conclusion: Peritoneal tuberculosis is a disease that often simulates malignancies. With the increasing prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus in developed countries, tuberculosis is also on the rise and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a patient with an abdominal/ pelvic mass and ascites. Infect. Dis. Obstet. Gynecol. 7:244–247, 1999.
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