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Isolated colonic tuberculosis.
  1. Y. A. Wang,
  2. W. Y. Yu
  1. Department of Surgery, Fuzhou Medical College, People's Republic of China.


    Two cases of isolated colonic tuberculosis are reported, and recent literature on this field is reviewed. Isolated colonic tuberculosis is defined as a tuberculosis which exists in the colon except for ileocaecum, without focus in any other organ. The morphological changes are tuberculous granulation primarily located to the submucosa layer of the colon with smooth surfaces of both mucous and serous membrane. Its clinical features are atypical, just like those on X-ray examination, and even on frozen biopsy, it may sometimes be misdiagnosed. The treatment of choice is resecting the diseased segment of colon combined with anti-tuberculosis therapy.

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