Intestinal Tuberculosis

  • Dong Ho Lee
  • Jae Hoon Lim
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Intestinal tuberculosis is a chronic inflammation of the bowel caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The ileocecal area is the most common site. In patients with intestinal tuberculosis sonography may detect bowel wall thickening and hyperemia, usually associated with luminal narrowing and mesenteric lymphadenopathy. When tuberculous peritonitis coexists, sonography shows ascites, omental cake, and thickened mesentery with an adherent small bowel loop. Ultrasonography may be used as a primary investigative tool in patients with suspected or recurrent tuberculosis.


Bowel Wall Terminal Ileum Sonographic Finding Abdominal Tuberculosis Intestinal Tuberculosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyKyung Hee University HospitalDongdaemun-guKorea
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical CenterSungkyunkwan University School of Medicine 50Kangnam-kuKorea

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