Peritoneal tuberculosis in pregnancy: a case report

Pan Afr Med J. 2012;12:65. Epub 2012 Jul 5.


Peritoneal tuberculosis in pregnancy is one of the least common forms of extrapulmonory tuberculosis in pregnancy. Early diagnosis is important to prevent obstetrical and neonatal morbidity. We report the case of a 37-year-old pregnant woman who presented with abdominal volume increase, night-sweat, anorexia, loss of weight and abdominal pain at 23 weeks. A peritoneal laparoscopic biopsy was performed and confirmed the diagnosis of tuberculous peritonitis. The patient received antituberculosis chemotherapy. The recovery was good as gave birth to a healthy infant of 3200Kg at 37th week's gestation by vaginal delivery.

Keywords: Peritoneal tuberculosis; diagnosis; pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Peritonitis, Tuberculous / complications*
  • Peritonitis, Tuberculous / diagnosis
  • Peritonitis, Tuberculous / drug therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / drug therapy*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology
  • Pregnancy Outcome


  • Antitubercular Agents