Massive gastrointestinal tubercolsis in a young patient without immunosupression

Settbas Y., Alper M., Akcan Y., Gurbuz Y., Oksuz S.

WORLD JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, cilt.9, ss.2382-2384, 2003 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 9 Konu: 10
  • Basım Tarihi: 2003
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.2382-2384


Although the lung is the major site for Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, gastrointestinal involvement can be present as part of multiorgan disease process or, less commenly, can be seen as primary gastrointestinal tuberculosis. In the cases where the culture is negative, it can be difficult to differantiate tuberculosis from Crohn's disease based on both the clinical and histological features. When side effects of classic antimycobacteria are encountered, we can initially add ciprofloxacin to the treatment of tuberculosis. We reported a case of 19-yr-old patient, who was treated as Crohn's disease and worsen. We began to tuberculosis treatment, and the patient improved clinically and histologically. The main point in this case is that widespread involvement of gastrointestinal tract can be brought about by non resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis even in immunocompetent patients.