Atzori, Sebastiana and Vidili, Gianpaolo and Delitala, Giuseppe (2012) Usefulness of ultrasound in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis. The Journal of Infection in Developing Countries, Vol. 6 (12), p. 886-890. eISSN 1972-2680. Article.
The peritoneum is one of the most common extrapulmonary sites of tuberculous infection. We report a case of peritoneal tuberculosis (TB) in a 25-year-old man. In this case, ultrasound of the abdomen played an important role in the diagnostic process. The diagnosis of this disease, however, remains a challenge because of its insidious nature, the variability of its presentation, and the limitations of available diagnostic tests. A high index of suspicion should be considered, particularly in high-risk patients with unexplained ascites. In our case ultrasound guided the diagnosis by rapidly identifying abnormal signs, which in high-prevalence settings are extremely suggestive of peritoneal tuberculosis.
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