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Usefulness of ultrasound in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis

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.

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DOI: 10.3855/jidc.2654


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.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:8502
Uncontrolled Keywords:Abdominal tuberculosis, peritoneal tuberculosis, ultrasound in infectious diseases
Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/09 Medicina interna
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
Copyright Holders:© 2012 Atzori et al.
Deposited On:07 Jan 2013 17:19

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