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Is there any new method to diagnose intestinal tuberculosis?

Is there any new method to diagnose intestinal tuberculosis?

R/O. TB: TB can be very difficult to diagnose. You need a full exam /blood work. Lab serology to check for TB presence and sputum samples on 3 separate days as well as CT scan of Chest/Abd/Pelvis. GI consult for Endoscopy and Colonoscopy . If results come back positive sensitivity is critical to decide on proper regimen. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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How is intestinal tuberculosis transmitted? Can it spread to other organs?

How is intestinal tuberculosis transmitted? Can it spread to other organs?

Intestinal tb: Intestinal TB usually infects the end of the small intestine called the ileum. Occasionally the colon is involved. Usually TB is spread by air droplets and coughing. Tb of the intestines could theoretically be transmitted if someone inhales or comes in contact with infected stool . This would be uncommon. ...Read more

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It's good method to diagnose small intestinal tuberculosis by endoscopy?

It's good method to diagnose small intestinal tuberculosis by endoscopy?

CAPSULE ENDOSOCPY: Traditional Endoscopy rarely reached the small bowel. Capsule endoscopy can show photos of the anatomy of the Small bowel to suggest a diagnosis . Also stool cultures x 3 samples on 3 seperate days hold for AFB smear and culture. Also evaluate for pulmonary TB with chest CT and sputum samples. ...Read more

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Can be diagnose intestinal tuberculosis by antral biopsy?

Can be diagnose intestinal tuberculosis by antral biopsy?

No: it would be possible to diagnose gastric tuberculosis, which is extremely rare, by antral biopsy, but not intestinal tuberculosis. A diagnosis of intestinal tuberculosis would require a biopsy somewhere in the small intestines. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is intestinal tuberculosis findings on CT scan and endoscopy?

What is intestinal tuberculosis findings on CT scan and endoscopy?

Several..: Mesenteric adenitis, Adhesion, Thickening of bowel wall. Endo will show caseating ulce, narrowing.....talk to a GI . ...Read more

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What is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis? How is it treated?

What is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis? How is it treated?

Scar tissue: Intestinal adhesions refer to scar tissue, typically caused by the body's normal healing process after an abdominal operation. If they are related to tuberculosis (TB), treatment of the infection is the best treatment, with surgery as a last resort. Abdominal TB is a serious problem. Ask you doctor about a referral to an infectious disease specialist if this is the case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is intestinal adhesion/tuberculosis?

Two questions: Intestinal adhesions are either congenital or acquired. These a fibrous bands between loops of bowel that tether loops of bowel and can be asymptomatic or cause chronic pain or bowel obstruction The acquired kind may be post operative or post peritonitis (infection) One type of peritonitis is tuberculosis that affect the abdominal cavity similar how as it affects the lungs ...Read more

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Diagnosis method to small intestine tuberculosis?

Diagnosis method to small intestine tuberculosis?

CAPSULE ENDOSOCPY: Traditional Endoscopy rarely reached the small bowel. Capsule endoscopy can show photos of the anatomy of the Small bowel to suggest a diagnosis . Also stool cultures x 3 samples on 3 seperate days hold for AFB smear and culture. Also evaluate for pulmonary TB with chest CT and sputum samples. ...Read more

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What is good method to diagnose ileocecal tuberculosis or small intestine tuberculosis?

Not one method: doctor should be highly suspicious for this- especially if the disease is common where you live. CT scans, colonoscopy.in some people blood tests could be done. Sometimes if suspicion is high enough the antibiotics can be given - most patients will see improvement in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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Causes of treatment failure in intestinal tuberculosis?

TB treatment failure: Treatment fails if the wrong antibiotics are used (i.e. the organism is or becomes resistant), if the patient doesn't take the medicine as directed for long enough, or if the patient has a compromised immune system such as from AIDS or other issues. Some organisms just don't have effective treatments as well. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Lindquist
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Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection (Definition)

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more


Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
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Tuberculosis (Definition)

Is an infection in the body with mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is almost always acquired via the respiratory tract from which it can spread to other organs. After that, the immune system walls the bacteria off. All of this usually occurs without symptoms. After that, activation of the infection can occur in about 10% of the total patients. Half of this risk is in ...Read more