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BRIEF REPORT
Year : 2004  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 126-128

Adult abdominal tuberculosis in Benin city, Nigeria.


1 Departments of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, P.M.B. 1 154, Benin City, Nigeria
2 Departments of Medicine, College of Medical Sciences, P.M.B. 1 154, Benin City, Nigeria

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C E Ohanaka
Departments of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, P.M.B. 1 154, Benin City
Nigeria
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Eight adult patients were diagnosed as having abdominal tuberculosis in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital , Nigeria , over a six year period (January 1997 to December 2002 ). There were 7 females and 1 male aged between 20 and 55years ( mean 30years ); mean duration of s ym ptoms before presentation was 14weeks . The main presenting symptoms were: abdominal pain (6 ), fever ( 4 ), weight loss ( 7 ), and ascites (6 ). Diagnosis was basically clinical in 2 patients , while surgery played a role in the management of others: cervical lymph node biopsy (2) ; peritoneal biopsy obtained through open a ppendicectomy (2) and exploratory laparotomy for intestinal obstruction (2 ) . Onl y 1 and 2 patients te sted positive for human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Mantoux respectively. Abdominal tuberculosis is a great mimic and the foremost diagnostic tool Is •the most ideal investigation and patients usually respond to a closely supervised anti-tuberculous therapy . There Is a place for therapeutic trial in the patient s .


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