Our objective was to evaluate the incidence of colorectal tuberculosis in our series and to study its radiological spectrum. A total of 684 cases of proven gastrointestinal tuberculosis with positive barium contrast findings seen over a period of more than one decade were evaluated. The study did not include cases where colon was involved in direct contiguity with ileo-caecal tuberculosis. Seventy-four patients (10.8%) had colorectal tuberculosis. Commonest site involved was transverse colon, closely followed by rectum and ascending colon. Radiological findings observed were in the form of strictures (54%), colitis (39%) and polypoid lesions (7%). Complications noted were in the form of perforations and fistulae in 18.9% of cases. Colorectal tuberculosis is a very common site for gastrointestinal tuberculosis. Typical findings of colorectal tuberculosis are strictures, signs of colitis and polypoid lesions. Common complications are perforation and fistulae.
"Gastrointestinal tuberculosis can be identified in any age group and the presenting symptoms are generally nonspecific . Isolated tuberculosis involvement in the colon is rare and constitutes 2-10.8% of all gastrointestinal tuberculosis cases  . Diagnosis of patients with isolated colon involvement is highly problematic, especially in the absence of pulmonary infection. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Gastrointestinal tuberculosis occurs most often in the ileocecal region, but it can also occur in other locations in the gastrointestinal system. However, few cases with isolated gastrointestinal involvement have been reported. A 27-year-old female presented with abdominal pain, fatigue, weakness, weight loss, and anorexia. A mass was identified in her right lower abdominal quadrant on physical examination. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) showed a thickened right colon wall with marked narrowing of the lumen, and mucosal ulcers at the hepatic flexure and circular narrowing of the lumen 10cm distal to these lesions were identified on colonoscopic examination. Laparoscopic right hemicolectomy was performed due to the fact that malignancy could not be rule out. Gastrointestinal tuberculosis is often confused with inflammatory diseases, and even histopathological diagnosis is difficult in most cases. In addition to this, differentiation between malignancies and infectious diseases is also necessary.
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Despite the fact that major progress has been made in the development of new strategies for diagnosing and treating tuberculosis,
the disease still remains a huge challenge for the world's health care. Numerous causes are responsible for this threat, but
many of them cannot be resolved since a lot have cultural and social roots which cannot be changed easily. Furthermore, not
all countries in the world have enough financial resources to provide essential support for their educational and therapeutic
programs. One of the major challenges for tuberculosis is to deal with the growing and changing epidemic around the world,
especially in the "low-income" countries. A new generation of clinicians as well as radiologists should be prepared to consider
this "almost forgotten" disease as a new challenge at the beginning of this new millennium.
European Radiology 09/2003; 13(8):1767-70. DOI:10.1007/s00330-002-1636-3 · 4.01 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article discusses the range of manifestations of tuberculosis (TB) of the abdomen, including involvement of the gastrointestinal tract, the peritoneum, mesentery, omentum, abdominal lymph nodes, solid abdominal organs, the genital system and the abdominal aorta. Abdominal TB is a diagnostic challenge, particularly when pulmonary TB is absent. It may mimic many other abdominal diseases, both clinically and radiologically. An early correct diagnosis, however, is important in order to ensure proper treatment and a favorable outcome. Modern imaging is a cornerstone in the early diagnosis of abdominal TB and may prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality. Generally, CT appears to be the imaging modality of choice in the detection and assessment of abdominal tuberculosis, other than gastrointestinal TB. Barium studies remain superior for demonstrating mucosal intestinal lesions. Ultrasound may be used for follow-up to monitor therapy response. The diagnosis of abdominal TB should be considered if suggestive imaging findings are found in patients with a high index of suspicion.
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