Isolated hepatic tuberculosis: A rare cause of hepatic mass lesions

Kucukmetin N. T., Ince Ü., Cicek B., Akman H., Boztas G., Tozun N.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, vol.25, no.1, pp.110-112, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/tjg.2014.6349
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.110-112
  • Keywords: Isolated hepatic tuberculosis, hepatic mass, differential diagnosis, HEPATOBILIARY TUBERCULOSIS
  • Acibadem Mehmet Ali Aydinlar University Affiliated: Yes


Hepatic tuberculosis usually accompanies pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Although isolated hepatic tuberculosis is a very rare condition, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a hepatic mass. Here, we report a 42-year-old woman presenting with weight loss, fever, night sweats, and a hepatic mass on the abdominal ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ultrasonography-guided percutaneous needle biopsy demonstrated a caseating granuloma with epithelioid histiocytes and giant cells compatible with the diagnosis of tuberculosis. The patient was treated with four anti-tuberculous drugs for 1 year. She recovered clinically, and her post-treatment abdominal MRI was normal.