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Defining ‘Satisfactory Response’ to Therapy in Abdominal Tuberculosis: A Work in Progress

[ Vol. 20 , Issue. 2 ]

Author(s):

Vishal Sharma *, Harjeet Singh and Harshal S. Mandavdhare   Pages 111 - 114 ( 4 )

Abstract:


Abdominal tuberculosis is difficult to diagnose due to low sensitivity of microbiological tests and the low histological yield. Satisfactory response to therapy has long been used a criteria for the diagnosis of abdominal tuberculosis. However, the appropriate definitions of response to therapy in abdominal tuberculosis have remained unclear. Recent evidence suggests that mucosal healing of ulcers at the end of therapy or at two months (early mucosal response) is a helpful criteria of response to therapy. This also helps in exclusion of multidrug resistant tuberculosis and alternative diagnosis like Crohn’s disease. Further limited literature suggests the use of some biomarkers like C-reactive protein in the follow-up of patients with peritoneal or intestinal tuberculosis.

Keywords:

Peritoneal tuberculosis, ulcer healing, cocoon, intestinal tuberculosis, strictures, pancreatic tuberculosis, hepatic tuberculosis.

Affiliation:

Department of Gastroenterology and General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, Department of Gastroenterology and General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, Department of Gastroenterology and General Surgery, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012



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