Colonic tuberculosis diagnosed by colonoscopic biopsy

Gastroenterology. 1979 Feb;76(2):362-4.


A patient with pulmonary tuberculosis and a constricting transverse colon lesion on barium enema was found at colonoscopy to have a 1.5 X 3.0 cm ulcer with irregular, edematous borders. Multiple colonoscopic biopsies of the ulcer revealed acid-fast bacilli with absence of granulomas. Previously, the diagnosis of colonic tuberculosis had been thought to require laparotomy for confirmation. The authors now suggest that colonoscopic biopsy may be a desirable alternative in selected cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Biopsy / methods*
  • Colonic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Colonic Diseases / microbiology
  • Endoscopy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Mucosa / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / microbiology
  • Ulcer / etiology
  • Ulcer / microbiology