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A rare case of Pancreatic Tuberculosis - A Case Report

Associate professor1, Professor2, Professor and Head4, Department of Pathology, and Professor and Head3, Department of Radiodiagnosis, Kamineni Academy of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, LB Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana State, India.


Tuberculosis (TB) is an extremely common disease in developing countries. Atypical form of TB involves immune-compromised patients. Pancreatic involvement of TB is much more a rarity. Here we would like to present a case of pancreatic TB in an immune-compromised woman. Ultrasound guided Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) from the pancreatic mass of young immune-compromised woman was done, and smears were prepared using May-Grunwald-Giemsa stain and Ziehl-Neelsen stain for acid fast bacilli (AFB). Smears showed loaded AFB in a necrotic background. A high index of suspicion must be maintained for pancreatic TB in immuno-compromised patients who are presenting with mass abdomen, and guided FNA would help in diagnosis.

Key words : FNA, immuno-compromised, pancreas, tuberculosis,