Tuberculosis of the Pancreas: Report of Three Cases

Devendra C. Desai, V. Santhi Swaroop, K. M. Mohandas, Anita Borges, Vinay Dhir, Aabha Nagral, P. Jagannath, O. P. Sharma

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Three cases of pancreatic tuberculosis are described. The first patient presented with abdominal pain, weight loss, anorexia., vomiting, hepatomegaly, and mass in the head of the pancreas, on computerized tomographic (CT) scan. The second patient presented with low grade fever, anorexia, and weight loss, and was investigated for gallbladder disease. The third patient presented with obstructive jaundice and mass lesion in the head of the pancreas. Two patients underwent laparotomy for suspected pancreatic tumors. The findings of pancreatic disease was incidental during laparotomy in the second patient. The histopathology revealed caseating granuloma in all of them. The first patient responded well to treatment, and the second patient stopped treatment after 2 months and is well. The third patient is being followed. If malignancy can be ruled out, tuberculosis should be considered in relevant geographic areas, and a tissue diagnosis should be made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-763
Number of pages3
JournalThe American Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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