Available online Jul 13, 2018.
[ Original ] Volume 19, Issue 4, 2010, Pages 415-418
Background: Abdominal tuberculosis is a common
complication of pulmonary tuberculosis. With the rising
incidence of HIV, tuberculosis has become a major
public health problem particularly in developing
Methods: This is a retrospective study involving
patients whose surgical specimens were processed at
the central histopathology laboratory of the Ahmadu
Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria -
Nigeria, between January1975 to December 2006.
Results: There were 68 males and 49 females, aged
12-70 years (mean 28.6yrs 11yrs). While paroxysmal
dry cough was present in about 20 patients, abdominal
pain and distension were very common. Concomitant
pulmonary tuberculosis was confirmed in 15 patients
(14%). The findings at Surgery in 66 patients are
presented in fig.2. Multiple deposits on the peritoneum
and omentum were the commonest findings (48.7%
and 26.2%) respectively.
Conclusion: Abdominal tuberculosis is not
uncommon and there is need to establish an early less
invasive diagnostic protocol.
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Volume 19 | Issue 4
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