Abdominal tuberculosis

Aston, N.O., and de Costa, A.M. (1990) Abdominal tuberculosis. British Journal of Clinical Practice, 44 (2). pp. 58-63.

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Abstract

Over a four-year period, 28 patients with abdominal tuberculosis were seen, of whom 24 were immigrants and 22 under 45 years. Emergency surgery was carried out in 10 patients; another 14 had elective laparotomy. The diagnosis was suspected pre-operatively in 75 per cent of those having elective surgery and 10 per cent of those having emergency laparotomy. Perforated ileal strictures were found in 30 per cent of those with acute symptoms. Half of those with chronic disease had hyperplastic ileocaecal disease and half tuberculous peritonitis. Positive histology was obtained in 23 patients, but culture was positive in only four. The only death was of an elderly white man with a perforated ileal stricture. The four patients treated without surgery showed a rapid symptomatic response to antituberculous drugs.

Item ID: 53641
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 0007-0947
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2018 04:46
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 80%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110801 Medical Bacteriology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 100%
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