Extra-pulmonary tuberculosis EPTB
A 70-year-old woman suffered from repeated fever of unknown causes for two months and severe anemia. She also lost weight, dropping from 68 kilograms to 50 kilograms.
The Tzu Chi Hospital in Taichung’s doctor Chen Yi-hsin said that regular checks were unsuccessful in diagnosis until abdominal surgery was performed to extract abdominal lymph nodes for analysis. It was found that small rice-like granules were seen, indicating mesenteric tuberculosis.
The woman suffers from diabetes and undergoes regular dialysis. The mesenteric tuberculosis spread because her immunity is weak due to dialysis.