Koch's or Crohn's?

Int J Clin Pract. 1997 Jun;51(4):246-7.


Abdominal tuberculosis is not uncommon in the UK, especially in Asian immigrants. It resembles Crohn's disease clinically and radiologically, and it may be difficult to differentiate between them, even at laparotomy or histology. The distinction is important, however, for proper management of the two conditions. Every effort must be made to exclude abdominal tuberculosis before the patient is diagnosed as having Crohn's disease and is treated with steroids.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / administration & dosage
  • Asia / ethnology
  • Crohn Disease / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / isolation & purification
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis, Gastrointestinal / ethnology
  • United Kingdom


  • Antitubercular Agents