Background: Incidence of tubercoulosis is increasing in Western countries particularly in immigrants from endemic areas and in patients with HIV or immunocompromised. The disease is unusual in patients without risk factors. In these conditions the diagnosis of tuberculous peritonitis is often delayed, resulting in high morbidity and mortality. Methods: We describe a case of tuberculous peritonitis in a man suffering from ascites referred for presumed peritoneal carcinosis. The finding of no malignancies in the peritoneal fluid must rise the suspect of tuberculosis that, if misdiagnosed, is fatal. The patient was submitted to diagnostic videolaparoscopy and multiple biopsies were done. The definitive histological diagnosis was chronic granulomatous flogosis with giant cells, focally necrotizing, caused by peritoneal tubercolosis. Results: The patient was submitted to chemotherapy with isoniazide, rifampicine, piazafoline, ethambutol and streptomycine which determined the resolution of the clinical picture. Conclusions: We believe the diagnostic procedure of choice is videolaparoscopy when tubercolous peritonitis is suspected. This technique allows to obtain selective biopsies of peritoneal nodules and to collect samples for specific cultural and cytohistological exams. The operation is safe, reliable with few complications and permits a prompt diagnosis necessary to cure the patient.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Titolo:||Tuberculous peritonitis in no risk patients: diagnostic approach.|
|Autore/i:||G. Tazzioli; A. Farinetti; R. Gelmini; G. Longo; G. Barbolini; M. Saviano|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000228267000017|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-18244404825|
|Citazione:||Tuberculous peritonitis in no risk patients: diagnostic approach. / G. Tazzioli; A. Farinetti; R. Gelmini; G. Longo; G. Barbolini; M. Saviano. - In: ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY. - ISSN 1445-1433. - STAMPA. - 75(2005), pp. 247-248.|
|Tipologia||Articolo su rivista|
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