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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1986;20(1): 42-48.
Pathology of Tuberculous Entercolitis: Analysis of 10 cases in special reference to macroscopic features.
Yeon Lim Suh, Yong Il Kim
Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, Seoul National Univesity, Seoul, Korea.
ABSTRACT
A total of 10 cases of surgically resected intestinal tuberculosis specimens was subjuected for analysis of its macroscopic characteristics. Intestinal tuberculosis was broadley classified into the ulcerative type (4 cases), ulcero-hypertrophic type (3 cases) and mixed type (3 cases) on the basis of its gross features. The ulcerative type was characterized by multiple, segmental lesions of napkin-ring stricture with variable length of uninvolved mucosa, secondary to the circumferential or annular ulceration. Various forms of relatively superficial ulcers were also scattered. Their ulcer beds were rather granular, being covered with a necrotic detritus although the ulcer margins were relatively well defined with areas of some nodularity. The ulcero-hypertrophic type affected the ileocecal region and ascending colon in a tubular form by segmental thickening of the wall. The diseased segment of mucosa appeared cobble-stone, represented by coalescence of irregular ulcers and hemorrhage. There were scattered small ulcers in the separate portions of terminal ileum. The macroscopic distinctions between the intestinal tuberculosis and Crohn's or ischemic enterocolitis were presented in detail.