Gastric tuberculosis

Indian J Tuberc. 2019 Jul;66(3):411-417. doi: 10.1016/j.ijtb.2018.10.004. Epub 2018 Nov 10.


Tuberculosis of the stomach is an extremely rare manifestation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and mimics gastric carcinoma in its presentation. Most of our knowledge about this rare disease comes from case reports and there are only a few case series published on this disease and thus the majority of the part remains uncovered. Diagnosis is made commonly only after a major surgery. Endoscopy and guided biopsy are the diagnostic modality of choice. Surgery is indicated in cases which present with complications. Patients respond well to antituberculous therapy. The authors encountered 4 cases of gastric tuberculosis over 5 years. This study summarises the available literature and gives comprehensive update on this rare disease.

Keywords: Antituberculous treatment; Difficult diagnosis; Gastric tuberculosis; Rare disease; Surgery for complications.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Gastroscopy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Stomach Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Stomach Diseases / drug therapy
  • Stomach Diseases / pathology
  • Stomach Diseases / surgery
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / drug therapy
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / pathology
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / surgery
  • Young Adult


  • Antitubercular Agents