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CASE REPORT
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 386-388

Tuberculous ileal perforation in a HIV positive patient : a case report and review of literature


Department of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

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D Dogo
Department of Surgery, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria

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BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is prevalent worldwide. Even in developed countries there is a resurgence of tuberculosis mainly due to increasing HIV infection. Tuberculous ileal perforation is uncommon. It is, however, a potentially fatal complication of intestinal tuberculosis especially in HIV/AIDS patient. AIM: To highlight tuberculous ileal perforation as an underestimated complication of intestinal tuberculosis in an HIV patient presenting with acute abdomen. METHOD: A 42-year-old HIV positive long distance truck driver with tuberculous ileal perforation is presented and related literatures reviewed. CONCLUSION: Intestinal perforation due to abdominal tuberculosis is an aetiological factor in acute HIV abdomen. High index of suspicion remains the key to diagnosis.


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