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Chirurgia 2014 April;27(2):121-3

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Isolated appendicular tuberculosis: a case report

Grasso E.

Department of General Surgery “Santa Maria” Hospital, Bari, Italy


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Each year, 3 million people die of this disease worldwide and it can affect almost any part of body. The commonest presentation of abdominal tuberculosis is ileo-caecal disease, while appendix involvement is infrequent. Tuberculosis of the appendix was described by Corbin as early as 1873. It occurs as a primary or secondary disease, the former being rare with an incidence of 0.1-0.6%. Prompt diagnosis is dependent on a high index of suspicion as clinical signs may be nonspecific and microbiological confirmation is difficult. We report a case atypical of appendicular TB and the difficulty in its diagnosis.

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