Tuberculous splenic abscess--a case report and literature review

Changgeng Yi Xue Za Zhi. 1995 Mar;18(1):77-81.


Splenic involvement of tuberculosis is common, especially in cases of miliary tuberculosis. However, abscess formation due to tuberculosis in the spleen is extremely rare. We present a tuberculous splenic abscess in an otherwise healthy male patient. This patient presented with fever of unknown origin (FUO). The chest X-ray was consistent with old pulmonary tuberculosis, inactive on presentation. Due to the nonspecific clinical picture the patient remained undiagnosed until laparotomy. We have also reviewed literatures on tuberculous splenic abscess and try to make some inference about the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abscess / etiology*
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Splenic Diseases / etiology*
  • Tuberculosis, Splenic / complications*