Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 278, Issue 4, pp 359–364 | Cite as

Laparoscopic findings in female genital tuberculosis

  • Jai Bhagwan Sharma
  • Kallol K. Roy
  • M. Pushparaj
  • S. Kumar
  • N. Malhotra
  • S.  Mittal
Original Article



To evaluate the laparoscopic findings in genital tuberculosis (TB).


A total of 85 women of genital TB, who underwent diagnostic laparoscopy for infertility or chronic pelvic pain were enrolled in this retrospective study conducted in our unit at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India from September 2004 to 2007.


The mean age was 28.2 years and the mean parity was 0.24. Most women were from poor socioeconomic status (68.1%). Past history of TB was seen in 29 (34.1%) women with pulmonary TB in 19 (22.35%) women and extrpulmonary in 10 (11.7%) women. Most women presented with infertility (90.6% primary 72.9%; secondary 17.6%) while the rest had chronic pelvic pain (9.4%). The mean duration of infertility was 6.2 years. A total of 49 (57.6%) women had normal menses, while hypomenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, secondary amenorrhea and menorrhagia were seen in 25 (30.1%), 3 (3.5%), 5 (5.9%), and 2 (2.4%) women respectively. Diagnosis of genital TB was made by histopathological evidence of TB granuloma in 16 (18.8%) (Endometrial biopsy in 12.9%, laparoscopy biopsy in 5.9%) women, demonstration of acid fast bacilli (AFB) on microscopy in 2(2.3%), positive AFB culture in 2 (2.3%), positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in 55 (64.7%) and laparoscopic findings of genital TB in 40 (47.1%). The various findings on laparoscopy were tubercles on peritoneum (12.9%) or ovary (1.2%), tubovarian masses (7.1%), caseous nodules (5.8%), encysted ascitis in 7.1% women. Various grades of pelvic adhesions were seen in 56(65.8%) women. The various findings on fallopian tubes were normal looking tubes in (7.1%), inability to visualize in 12(14.1%), presence of tubercles on tubes in 3 (3.52%), caseous granuloma in 3 (3.52%), hydrosalpinx in 15 (17.6%) (Right tube 11.7%, left tube 5.9%), pyosalphinx in 3 (3.5%) on right tube and 2 (2.35%) in left tube, beaded tube in 3 (3.5%) on right tube, 4 (4.7%) in left tube with tobacco pouch appearance in 2 (2.35%) women. The right tube was patent in 9 (10.6%) while left tube was patent in 10(11.7%) cases only, while they were either not seen (absent in one case due to previous salphingectomy, inability to see due to adhesion in 14.12%) or blocked at various sites with cornual end being most common in 3 (3.5%) showing multiple block in right tube and 4.7% in left tube.


There is a significant pelvic morbidity and tubal damage in genital tuberculosis.


Female genital tuberculosis Laparoscopy Acid-fast bacilli Infertility Directly observed treatment short course (DOTS) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jai Bhagwan Sharma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kallol K. Roy
    • 1
  • M. Pushparaj
    • 1
  • S. Kumar
    • 1
  • N. Malhotra
    • 1
  • S.  Mittal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.New DelhiIndia

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