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
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GELPI AP. Middle-East Tuberculosis. Ann Intern Med. 1972;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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