Case Report

Laparoscopy may be an effective tool in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis

  • Murat Dede
  • Sadettin Güngör
  • Müfit Cemal Yenen
  • Ali Yılmaz
  • İskender Başer
  • Arzu Balkan

Received Date: 05.07.2006 Accepted Date: 02.10.2006 Gulhane Med J 2007;49(1):42-45

In order to identify the effectiveness of laparoscopy in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis, we retrospectively reviewed the medical and pathology reports of 10 patients with peritoneal tuberculosis who were operated at our clinic with the suspicion of ovarian cancer during a 11-year period. The characteristics of the clinical picture, radiologic imaging studies, laboratory tests including polymerase chain reaction and the role of laparoscopy in the diagnosis of peritoneal tuberculosis were evaluated for differentiation of ovarian cancers and peritoneal tuberculosis. In conclusion, peritoneal tuberculosis should be suspected in young women with ascites with or without adnexal mass. Laparoscopy is an effective diagnostic tool in patients with no suspicion of adnexial masses.

Keywords: Laparoscopy, peritoneal tuberculosis