Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders (ISSN: 2582-1091)

Case ReportVolume 4 Issue 10

Misdiagnosis of Intestinal Tuberculosis as Crohn’s Disease: A Case Report and Literature Review of Parametric Predictive Models

Moussaoui Safa1*, M Zakhama1, M Moussaoui2, A Guediche1, I Jemni1, N Ben Chaabène1 and L Safer1

1Gastroenterology Department, CHU Monastir, Tunisia
2Radiology Department, CHU Monastir, Tunisia

*Corresponding Author: Moussaoui Safa, Gastroenterology Department, CHU Monastir, Tunisia.

Received: September 01, 2021; Published: September 20, 2021

Citation: Carlos Henrique Rodrigues Castro., et al. “Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Elderly in the Context of COVID-19. What do we know so?". Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders 4.10 (2021): 17-19.


  In recent years, the incidence of Crohn's disease (CD) has been increasing worldwide, especially in areas where tuberculosis (TB) is prevalent. Due to similar manifestations, distinguishing between Crohn’s disease (CD) and intestinal tuberculosis (ITB) is quite challenging.

 Herein, we report the case of a 25-year-old man who presented with recurrent partial bowel obstruction, whose initial diagnostic work-up suggested stenosing Crohn disease 3 years ago. He had been previously treated with mesalazine and corticosteroids. After undergoing surgical treatment, histopathological findings revealed the diagnoses of intestinal tuberculosis instead.

 We combined our case report with parametric predictive models reviewed in the literature to evaluate their diagnostic accuracy for our case. We found that using these models could lead to a better differentiation between these two entities.

Keywords: Crohn's Disease (CD); Tuberculosis (TB); Intestinal Tuberculosis (ITB)


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Copyright: © Moussaoui Safa., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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