Korean J Obstet Gynecol.  2006 Aug;49(8):1788-1794.

Two cases of peritoneal tuberculosis mimicking ovarian carcinoma diagnosed with laparoscopy

Affiliations
  • 1Center for Uterine Cancer, National Cancer Center, Korea. ssseomd@ncc.re.kr
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University Hospital, Korea.

Abstract

Peritoneal tuberculosis is a rare presentation of tuberculosis. The presenting signs and symptoms, imaging examinations and CA-125 status in peritoneal tuberculosis sometimes resemble that of ovarian cancer. Thus, the possibility of peritoneal tuberculosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of ovarian carcinoma. We report two cases of peritoneal tuberculosis initially suspected as ovarian carcinoma but diagnosed as peritoneal tuberculosis with laparoscopy. Using diagnostic laparoscopy unnecessary laparotomy was avoided. We suggest that diagnostic laparoscopy can be helpful in differential diagnosis between peritoneal tuberculosis and ovarian carcinoma.

Keyword

Peritoneal tuberculosis; Ovarian cancer; Laparoscopy

MeSH Terms

Diagnosis, Differential
Laparoscopy*
Laparotomy
Ovarian Neoplasms
Peritonitis, Tuberculous*
Tuberculosis
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