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Panminerva Medica 2002 June;44(2):155-8
Abdominal tuberculosis mimicking Crohn’s disease: a difficult diagnosis. Report of a case
Petroianni A., Mugnaini L., Laurendi G., Giousuè S., Schininà V. *, Bibbolino C. *, Bisetti A.
From the Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, University “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy
*Department of Radiology, IRCCS “L. Spallanzani”, Roma, Italy
Abdominal involvement by tuberculosis as first site of disease is comparatively rare in industrialized countries. The emergence of new groups of patients at risk arouse a particular and due interest. This report describes a case of abdominal tuberculosis with a first diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in an immigrant girl from Peru. The diagnosis can be difficult because extrapulmonary tuberculosis is often paucibacillary and the disease may mimic a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.