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Systemic spread of tuberculosis after surgery for a splenic tuberculous abscess without postoperational antituberculosis treatment: a case report

Authors Yan D, Zhong CL, Li LJ

Received 5 September 2015

Accepted for publication 24 September 2015

Published 11 November 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 1697—1700

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/TCRM.S95805

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Hoa Le

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Deyun Wang

Dong Yan,1,2 Cheng-Li Zhong,1 Lan-Juan Li1,2

1State Key Laboratory for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, 2Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: Solitary splenic tuberculosis (TB) is rare, with less than ten cases ever being reported. The diagnosis is established by the pathological analysis of a biopsy from a surgical operation or from a fine-needle aspiration sample. Manifestations of splenic TB include low-grade fever, weight loss, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. This case, however, has no obvious symptoms, and multiple splenic tubercles were discovered during a routine physical examination. Splenic abscesses from TB were diagnosed after the operation. Postoperative spread of TB lead to cerebral tuberculous abscesses and pulmonary TB. Resolution was achieved with anti-TB therapy.

Keywords: solitary splenic tuberculosis, cerebral abscesses, lung tuberculosis, diagnosis, postoperative, antituberculosis treatment

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