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Gastric tuberculosis presenting as a large gastric ulcer

Abstract

While gastrointestinal (GI) tuberculosis (TB) accounts for 1%–3% of all TB cases worldwide, TB of the stomach is extremely rare and accounts for 1%–2% of all GI TB. Little is known about this entity, and most data are obtained from case reports. We report a case of a woman in her 60s who presented with a 2-week history of generalised weakness, fatigue and shivering, with severe loss of appetite on background history of dyspepsia and significant weight loss for the preceding 2 years. Upper endoscopy revealed a large gastric ulcer. Biopsy and histopathology revealed caseating granulomas with numerous acid-fast bacilli detected with Ziehl-Neelsen stain. She was diagnosed with gastric TB. Subsequently, she was also diagnosed with pulmonary, adrenal and colonic involvement.

  • Ulcer
  • Adrenal disorders
  • GI bleeding
  • Tuberculosis

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