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J Korean Soc Coloproctol. 2009 Apr;25(2):117-120. Korean. Case Report.
Shin SH , Kim YH .
Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea. kyjho@khmc.or.kr
Abstract

The most common presentation of abdominal tuberculosis is an ileocecal disease, but isolated appendicular involvement is rarely seen. It is difficult to make diagnosis of intestinal tuberculosis because it may mimic many other intestinal diseases. The symptoms are nonspecific such as fever, fatigue and weight loss. A 35-yr-old woman with no remarkable past medical history was admitted due to intermittent abdominal pain of 3 mo duration. The patient underwent laparoscopy-assisted partial ileocecectomy including diseased appendix. Tuberculous appendicitis was finally diagnosed with all considerations of possible pathological results. We report a case of acute appendicitis due to tuberculous involvement with a review of the literature.

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