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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Abstract

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
Volume97
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Tuberculous Peritonitis
Ascites
Ovarian Neoplasms
Tuberculosis
Unnecessary Procedures
Confusion
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Abdomen
Laparotomy
Decision Making
Differential Diagnosis
Therapeutics

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Oncology

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Peritoneal tuberculosis mimicking ovarian cancer can be diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction : A case report. / Wang, Yu Chi; Lu, Jang Jih; Chen, Chi Huang; Peng, Yi Jen; Yu, Mu Hsien.

In: Gynecologic Oncology, Vol. 97, No. 3, 06.2005, p. 961-963.

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Wang, Yu Chi ; Lu, Jang Jih ; Chen, Chi Huang ; Peng, Yi Jen ; Yu, Mu Hsien. / Peritoneal tuberculosis mimicking ovarian cancer can be diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction : A case report. In: Gynecologic Oncology. 2005 ; Vol. 97, No. 3. pp. 961-963.
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