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Revista Brasileira de Coloproctologia

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MENDES, Wilker Benedeti et al. Intestinal tuberculosis cause of intestinal obstruction: case report and literature review. Rev bras. colo-proctol. [online]. 2009, vol.29, n.4, pp.489-492. ISSN 0101-9880.

Intestinal tuberculosis occurs often as a pulmonary disease complication, when infected sputum is swallowed. With AIDS there was a significant increasement of tuberculosis in all of it forms. It happens more often in tropical and third world countries. The ileocecal is the site with most commitment. Paleness, weight loss, night sweats and fever are the most common findings on physical examination. Abdominal pain is the main finding in the abdominal examination. The most frequent complication is intestinal obstruction. The preoperative diagnosis is very difficult, and the certainty provided by histopathological examination or in tissue culture. Surgical treatment is indicated in cases of rare complications.

Keywords : Pulmonary Tuberculosis; Intestinal Tuberculosis; Intestinal Obstruction; Ileocecal Valve; AIDS.

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