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J Infect Public Health. 2015 Jul-Aug;8(4):369-72. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2015.03.004. Epub 2015 Apr 11.

A case of tuberculous peritonitis in childhood.

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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: gul_akbas@yahoo.com.tr.
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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: sensoyg@gmail.com.
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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: arzukarli@yahoo.com.
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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: gdinler@omu.edu.tr.
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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pathology, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: yurdanurs@omu.edu.tr.
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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Pediatric Infectious Disease, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: nurbelet@yahoo.com.
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Ondokuz Mayıs University, Medical Faculty, Department of Radiology, Samsun, Turkey. Electronic address: mceyhan@omu.edu.tr.

Abstract

Currently, tuberculosis remains a major public health problem worldwide. Peritoneal tuberculosis occurs in approximately 1% of all of tuberculosis cases and is rarely observed in children. Diagnosis and treatment delays caused by mimicking many other intra-abdominal diseases can lead to increases in morbidity and mortality. Here, we present a case of a four-year-old child with tuberculosis peritonitis who was diagnosed by laparoscopic biopsy and histopathological examination and recovered with antituberculosis therapy. Peritoneal tuberculosis should be considered in younger patients and adults with fever, abdominal pain and weight loss in endemic areas.

KEYWORDS:

Ascites; Children; Diagnosis; Tuberculous peritonitis

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PMID:
25868903
DOI:
10.1016/j.jiph.2015.03.004
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