A. P. GELPI, M.D.
To the editor: The paper by Borhanmanesh and colleagues, "Tuberculous Peritonitis," (Ann Intern Med 76:567-572, 1972) is of considerable interest, not only for its content but also because of the questions it raises on abdominal tuberculosis in Middle East populations.
I had the opportunity, over 8 years, of evaluating 50 patients with established abdominal tuberculosis in Eastern Saudi Arabia. Although ascites was present in 16 of these patients, characteristically there was multiple-organ involvement, with disease of segments of the small bowel, the mesenteric lymph nodes, the liver, and, in one instance, the biliary tract. One might wonder if the group
GELPI AP. Middle-East Tuberculosis. Ann Intern Med. ;77:485. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-3-485_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(3):485.
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