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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 9, No. 1, 2004, pp. 53-54
Bioline Code: js04013
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 9, No. 1, 2004, pp. 53-54

 en Tuberculous Peritonitis with Perforation - Case Reports
Rucha M.R.

Abstract

Tuberculous peritonitis is a diagnostic dilemma in that there in no available diagnostic method of confirming the diagnosis other than a diagnostic laparatomy. When a perforation develops the events are more dramatic and will usually lead to the diagnosis. On the other hand managing a perforation secondary to Tb peritonitis is a tedious and risky process in that controlling tuberculosis takes a long time and most of the readily available drugs for its treatment are in the oral form. The minimum period for treatment to be able to dose a perforation is in the range of 6 to 8 weeks. In areas where parenteral nutrition is not affordable this becomes more of an impossible task. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the difficulties encountered in the management of these patients as there is no literature that I have come across that discusses this kind of situation.

 
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