Peritoneal Tuberculosis Mimicking Peritoneal Carcinomatosis

  • Mark M Zaki Harvard Medical School, United States of America
  • A Martynov Coptic Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
  • M S Saleeb The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, United States of America
  • Y M Assad Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY, United States of America
  • M M Kerolos Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University, United States of America


Tuberculosis is a serious infection that can appear in many forms and presentations. Here, we highlight a case of a 13 year old patient with a three-month history of nonspecific abdominal pain whose symptoms persisted after treating Typhoid and H. pylori infections. She had subsequent computed- tomography imaging notable for nodular thickening of the omentum and ascites concerning for possible carcinomatosis. Diagnostic laparoscopy with peritoneal biopsy revealed abdominal tuberculosis, and she had resolution of symptoms following appropriate medical therapy. We discuss the risk factors, clinical features, and work-up in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis.


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Author Biography

A Martynov, Coptic Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia

Department of General Surgery

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