An unusual pseudoneoplasm: mass-forming tuberculosis infection mimicking rectal carcinoma

An unusual pseudoneoplasm: mass-forming tuberculosis infection mimicking rectal carcinoma

Authors

  • Bal M. Dhungel Department of Pathology, JDWNR Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • Tashi D. Wangdi Department of Surgery and Oncology, JDWNR Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • Magalys L. Cuba Department of Pathology, JDWNR Hospital, Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • Sonam Pelden Royal Center for Disease Control, Thimphu, Bhutan.
  • Giovanni DePetris Mountain States Pathology Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80907 USA.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47811/bhj.40

Abstract

A rare case of primary rectal tuberculosis presented as a rectal mass, indistinguishable clinically and radiologically from advanced rectal carcinoma . Histology failed at first to identify granulomas, acid fast bacilli, or malignancy, but subsequent biopsies showed multiple epithelioid granulomas with caseating necrosis and Langhans giant cells. Given these findings and the high regional incidence of tuberculosis, presumptive diagnosis was given and anti-tubercular drugs were initiated followed by resolution of the mass and symptoms.

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Published

2017-05-15

How to Cite

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Dhungel BM, Wangdi TD, Cuba ML, Pelden S, DePetris G. An unusual pseudoneoplasm: mass-forming tuberculosis infection mimicking rectal carcinoma. Bhutan Health Journal [Internet]. 2017 May 15 [cited 2024 Jul. 24];3(1):27-9. Available from: https://www.bhj.com.bt/index.php/bhj/article/view/41

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