Imaging of tuberculosis of the abdominal viscera: Beyond the intestines

Sree Tirumani, Vijayanadh Ojili, Gowthaman Gunabushanam, Alampady Shanbhogue, Arpit Nagar, Najla Fasih, Kedar Chintapalli

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There is an increasing incidence of both intra- and extra-thoracic manifestations of tuberculosis, in part due to the AIDS epidemic. Isolated tubercular involvement of the solid abdominal viscera is relatively unusual. Cross-sectional imaging with ultrasound, multidetector computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an important role in the diagnosis and post treatment follow-up of tuberculosis. Specific imaging features of tuberculosis are frequently related to caseous necrosis, which is the hallmark of this disease. However, depending on the type of solid organ involvement, tubercular lesions can mimic a variety of neoplastic and nonneoplastic conditions. Often, cross-sectional imaging alone is insufficient in reaching a conclusive diagnosis, and image-guided tissue sampling is needed. In this article, we review the pathology and cross-sectional imaging features of tubercular involvement of solid abdominopelvic organs with a special emphasis on appropriate differential diagnoses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111234
JournalJournal of Clinical Imaging Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Abdomen
  • computed tomography
  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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