Mukhtar Soussi, Ishraq El Shamli, Ahmed Balluz
Department of Medicine, TMC, Tripoli, Libya
JMJ Vol. 2, No. 4 (September 2003): 19-22
Tuberculosis is regarded as a disease of the lung, Tuberculosis affecting other organs is called EXTRA PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS. It falls within the Medical or Surgical specialty dealing with that particular organ system. Symptoms of EPTB are generally systemic; to make a definitive diagnosis you need a high index of suspicion, detailed patient workup, and efforts to obtain pathological confirmation of diagnosis. There is definitely a need to focus on EPTB for the following reasons:
1. EPTB contributes to the morbidity of disease in the last decade.
2. Increasing incidence of EPTB among HIV patients.
3. Definitive algorithm for diagnosis and treatment need to be developed.
4. There is an increasing trend of over diagnosis empirical treatment for TB especially in highly endemic areas.
Keywords: Tuberculosis, HIV