Journal Article

Corticosteroid Treatment of Peritoneal Tuberculosis

Abdulrahman A. Alrajhi, Magid A. Halim, Abdullah Al Hokail, Fahad Alrabiah and Kawther Al Omran

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 27, issue 1, pages 52-56
Published in print July 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online July 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Corticosteroid Treatment of Peritoneal Tuberculosis

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Corticosteroids are beneficial as treatment of certain tuberculosis syndromes. We reviewed all cases of peritoneal tuberculosis diagnosed at our institution over 10 years to evaluate the role of corticosteroid administration combined with antituberculous therapy. Nine patients were treated with steroids plus antituberculosis agents (cases), and 26 received antituberculosis treatment only (controls). The two groups were not significantly different in terms of their basic demographics or disease. Nineteen controls compared with one case had recurrent abdominal pain. Seven controls had 17 emergency department visits because of abdominal pain. Intestinal obstruction was diagnosed for five of these patients, four of whom underwent laparotomy revealing extensive adhesions. Three controls died, and no case died. No case required laparotomy, had a diagnosis of intestinal obstruction, or visited the emergency department because of abdominal pain. These findings suggest that corticosteroid administration combined with antituberculosis treatment reduces the frequency of morbidity and complications in patients with peritoneal tuberculosis.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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