Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 292-294

Concomitant tuberculosis and carcinoma colon: Coincidence or causal nexus?

1 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Department of General Surgery, Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Saurav Chakravartty
Department of Surgical Gastroenterology, Medical College, 88 College Street, Kolkata - 700 073
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.70619

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Two rare cases of adenocarcinoma of the caecum and ascending colon concomitant with tuberculosis at the same site are reported. The plausibility of an aetiological relationship between the two pathological conditions has been discussed along with a review of the relevant literature. Tuberculosis complicating malignant disease is a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge; and the likelihood of the two occurring together should be kept in mind especially in tuberculosis endemic areas and in patients with equivocal symptoms.

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