Peritoneal tuberculosis mimicking ovarian cancer can be diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction: A case report

Yu Chi Wang, Jang Jih Lu, Chi Huang Chen, Yi Jen Peng, Mu Hsien Yu

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Background. Confusion can result when a differential diagnosis includes peritoneal tuberculosis and ovarian cancer because of overlapping clinical and laboratory findings. Case. A 37-year-old woman presented with aggressive abdominal distension. At laparotomy, massive ascites was present accompanied by miliary deposits throughout the abdomen. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) conducted with ascites fluid produced DNA sequences compatible with tuberculosis. Conclusion. PCR can be a rapid and reliable method for identification of peritoneal tuberculosis; acceleration of the diagnostic decision-making process prevents exposure to unnecessary surgery and allows early initiation of anti-tuberculosis treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-963
Number of pages3
JournalGynecologic Oncology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Ovarian cancer
  • PCR
  • Peritoneal tuberculosis
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • TB

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology

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