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Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index
Online ISSN 1827-1782
Department of General Surgery “Santa Maria” Hospital, Bari, Italy
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.