Pancreatic tuberculosis and its diagnosis by endoscopic ultrasonography: Report of two cases and review of the literature

Pramod Kumar Garg, Paolo Giorgio Arcidiacono, Amit Singhal, Vikram Bhatia, Sandeep R. Mathur

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Abstract

Mass lesions in the head of the pancreas are generally malignant and it is difficult to diagnose benign lesions preoperatively. We describe two patients with pancreatic tuberculosis, who presented with abdominal pain, jaundice and a pancreatic head mass, mimicking cancer. The correct diagnosis could be made by endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) and EUS-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology in both patients, precluding the need for surgery. Both patients responded well to anti-tuberculosis treatment. We conclude that EUS with guided FNA is a useful modality to diagnose pancreatic tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-145
Number of pages4
JournalDigestive Endoscopy
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • Endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS)
  • Fine-needle aspiration (FNA)
  • Pancreatic tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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