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.

Usefulness of ultrasound in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis / Vidili, Gianpaolo; Delitala, Giuseppe. - 6:12(2012), pp. 886-890. [10.3855/jidc.2654]

Usefulness of ultrasound in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis

Vidili, Gianpaolo;Atzori, Sebastiana;Delitala, Giuseppe
2012

Abstract

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.
Usefulness of ultrasound in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis / Vidili, Gianpaolo; Delitala, Giuseppe. - 6:12(2012), pp. 886-890. [10.3855/jidc.2654]
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