Intestinal Tuberculosis


  • Lt Col Farhan Ahmed Majeed Classified Surgeon, CMH Rawalpindi
  • Muhammad Ayaz Khan Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMC) Quetta
  • Muhammad Ahmed Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMC) Quetta
  • Muhammad Nadir Khan Combined Military Hospital Quetta


Acute abdomen, Intestinal obstruction, Intestinal tuberculosis, Stricture intestine.


Objectives: To study the outcome of intestinal tuberculosis presenting as acute abdomen.
Study design: Descriptive Study.
Place and Duration: Bolan Medical Complex Hospital (BMC) Quetta and Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Quetta from Nov 2003 to Nov 2005 from Bolan Medical Complex and from Nov 2005 to Nov 2006 in CMH Quetta.
Material and Method: Thirty seven patients of acute abdomen presenting with intestinal obstruction were admitted; 28 from emergency department and 9 from out patient department. Twenty seven patients were from BMC and 10 from CMH Quetta. Patients were diagnosed as having abdominal tuberculosis on the basis of operative findings and histopathological reports.
Results: Out of 37 patients presenting with acute abdomen due to intestinal obstruction, 54% were male and 46% were female with M: F ratio of 1: 1.2. Age of the patient ranged from 20 to 50 years, with maximum frequency between 30 to 40 years. Abdominal pain was the commonest presenting feature in all patients followed by constipation in 81.1% patients. Peritonism was seen in 27% patients. Different operative procedures performed were adhesionolysis 65.8%, segmental resection 7.9%, right hemicolectomy 10.5%, stricturoplasty 7.9% and ileostomy 1.3%. Mesenteric lymph node biopsy 40.8%.
Conclusion: Intestinal tuberculosis is still a very important surgical problem in our country presenting as acute abdomen. A suspicion must always be kept during laparotomy and adequate tissue histopathology should supplement the diagnosis.


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Majeed LCFA, Khan MA, Ahmed M, Khan MN. INTESTINAL TUBERCULOSIS PRESENTING AS ACUTE ABDOMEN: Intestinal Tuberculosis. Pak Armed Forces Med J [Internet]. 2012 Sep. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 23];62(3):356-60. Available from: