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J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2012 Oct;3(4):345-7. doi: 10.4103/0976-500X.103698.

Anabolic androgenic steroids in delayed diagnosis of tuberculosis.

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Department of Psychiatry, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Govt. Medical Science & Research Institute, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India.


This is the first case report depicting masking of symptoms of intestinal tuberculosis by anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) causing delay in diagnosis which lead to a major surgery. Negative tuberculosis skin test (TST) probably due to immunomodulating effects of AAS also contributed to the delay. Patient also had early dependence on AAS and rapid growth of scrotal sebaceous cysts, findings of which have not yet been reported.


Abdominal tuberculosis; immunosuppression; masking of symptoms; tuberculin skin test

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