Inflammatory Syndrome as the Initial Manifestation of Retroperitoneal Tuberculosis in a Pregnant Woman

  • Marwene Grira Department of Community Medicine, Primary Care and Emergency Medicine, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Michel Boulvain Division of Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jean-Paul Janssens Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine Specialties, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland

Keywords

Abdominal tuberculosis, inflammatory syndrome, pregnancy

Abstract

A 20-year-old asylum seeker presented with vomiting and left thigh pain, with a biological inflammatory syndrome. Pregnancy was diagnosed. Investigations revealed a pseudo-cystic, 20-cm-long retroperitoneal abscess, biopsy of which confirmed the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Evolution after cyst drainage and under conventional anti-tuberculosis treatment was favourable. An abdominal location of tuberculosis is rare and its diagnosis is difficult especially in countries with a low incidence of the disease. Unexplained abdominal manifestations and/or persistent biological inflammatory syndrome, especially in high-risk groups, should raise the suspicion of tuberculosis.

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  • Published: 2018-05-24

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    How to cite:
    Grira, M., Boulvain, M., & Janssens, J.-P. (2018). Inflammatory Syndrome as the Initial Manifestation of Retroperitoneal Tuberculosis in a Pregnant Woman. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 2. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12890/2018_000865