Tuberculosis ileocecal: A propósito de un caso

Translated title of the contribution: Ileocecal tuberculosis: A case report

Carlos Mauricio Martínez-Montalvo, Alejandro Botello-Gil, Laura Melisa Herrera, Sofía Fernanda Leal-Bernal, Margareth Elizabeth Guerrero

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Tuberculosis is a disease of public health importance worldwide with a high incidence in Colombia. It mainly affects the lung parenchyma. However, in a large number of cases, it is diagnosed in its extrapulmonary form, with the gastrointestinal tract being one of the most frequent sites. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has a strong predilection for the ileocecal region and the terminal ileum. Manifestations of this rare form of the disease are abdominal pain and mass sensation mainly, as well as ulcerative lesions in the intestinal mucosa and histolo-gical findings corresponding to large caseating granulomas of confluent morphology, which distinguish it from other entities such as Crohn’s disease. Invasive procedures, such as colonoscopy, and diagnostic laboratory aids, such as cultures, stains, and PCR, are used to find the disease in the gastrointestinal tract. Given the difficulty of diagnosing this type of tuberculosis, knowledge and how a patient with symptoms suggestive of the disease is approached are critical factors for establishing timely treatment. The following is an unusual case of ileocecal TB as a manifestation of prolonged febrile illness with a fatal outcome.

Translated title of the contributionIleocecal tuberculosis: A case report
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)30-36
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Colombiana de Gastroenterologia
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gastroenterology


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