Abdominal tuberculosis

Dr Ammar Haouimi and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Abdominal tuberculous can manifest in almost every abdominopelvic organ:


There are three main pathways for tuberculous infection of the abdomen 1,2:

  • ingestion of infected milk or sputum initially affects gastrointestinal tract mucosa, followed by the remainder of the bowel wall, regional lymph nodes and peritoneum
  • haematogenous spread to the peritoneum, lymph nodes and solid viscera
  • direct spread to the peritoneum, e.g. from skeletal tuberculosis via a psoas abscess

Article information

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Tuberculosis (abdominal manifestations)

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: lymphadenitis
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