Abdominal tuberculosis mimicking Crohn's disease: a difficult diagnosis. Report of a case

Panminerva Med. 2002 Jun;44(2):155-8.


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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Crohn Disease / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Peru / ethnology
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / drug therapy


  • Antitubercular Agents