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Rare disease
Oesophageal tuberculosis
  1. Latha Bonthala1,
  2. Eleanor Wood2
  1. 1Barts and The London SMD, London, UK
  2. 2Gastroenterology Department, Homerton University Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Miss Latha Bonthala, ha08342{at}


The case discussed is that of a previously healthy 48-year-old female who presented with a week long history of epigastric pain and continuing weight loss. A series of investigations and supporting literature alluded to a diagnosis of oesophageal tuberculosis (TB), and antituberculous medication was commenced accordingly. An accompanying discussion considers the incidence, differential diagnoses, pathogenesis, clinical features, investigations and aspects of management of oesophageal TB.

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  • Patient consent Obtained.