Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 110–112 | Cite as

Perianal disease of tuberculous origin

Report of a case and review of the literature
  • F. Candela
  • P. Serrano
  • J. M. Arriero
  • A. Teruel
  • D. Reyes
  • R. Calpena
Case Reports


PURPOSE: A case of anal tuberculosis in an otherwise asymptomatic patient with bleeding anal ulcers is presented. The clinical features of this entity and the problems in differential diagnosis between anal infectiousvs. inflammatory diseases are discussed. METHODS: The management and outcome of the case of an adult patient who presented with perianal ulcers is described. RESULTS: On a three-drug antituberculous regimen, symptoms abated, radiographic infiltrates improved, and perianal ulcers healed. CONCLUSION: Anal tuberculosis is an extremely rare disease. A tuberculous origin must be considered when the cause of perianal ulcers is unclear to avoid undesirable delays in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

Key words

Perianal tuberculosis Perianal ulcers Extrapulmonary tuberculosis 


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© The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Candela
    • 4
  • P. Serrano
    • 4
  • J. M. Arriero
    • 3
  • A. Teruel
    • 1
  • D. Reyes
    • 2
  • R. Calpena
    • 4
  1. 1.the Department of PathologyHospital General de ElcheAlicanteSpain
  2. 2.the Department of Gastroenterology ServicesHospital General de ElcheAlicanteSpain
  3. 3.the Department of Pneumology ServiceHospital de San JuanAlicanteSpain
  4. 4.Servicio de Cirugía GeneralHospital General Universitario Elche, Partida Huertos y Molinos s/nElche (Alicante)Spain

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