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Sem Hop. 1980 Jan 18-25;56(3-4):107-13.

[Recent aspects of tuberculous peritonitis (22 cases in the adult) (author's transl)].

[Article in French]


The authors show in this work the principal features of 22 tuberculous peritonitis cases seen between 1967 and 1977 affecting 17 Black Africans, 2 West Indians and 3 French (metropolitan) Caucasians cirrhotic or alcoholic. The 9 ascitic forms are not in the majority but it is worthwhile to consider a laparoscopy with peritoneal and/or hépatic biopsy where there is abdominal pain or unexplained fever. In most cases there exists one or several other tuberculous sites particularly pleural, pulmonary, hepatic, or in the cases of the Africans mediastinal lymphadénopathy. The means of diagnosis are commented upon with stress on the importance of peritoneoscopy and biopsies. The prognosis is good provided that antituberculous treatment is employed over a period of one year, with or without the temporary conjunction of corticosteroids.

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