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Laparoscopy does have a role in tuberculous peritonitis

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1145
  1. J Hossain,
  2. M Kinirons,
  3. R R Lewis
  1. Senior registrar Consultant physician Consultant physician Department of Geriatric and General Medicine, Guy's Hospital, London SE1 9RT

    EDITOR,—We question a statement made in the discussion of the Grand Round on tuberculous peritonitis.1 H J F Hodgson states that, “other things being equal, a trial of antituberculous treatment [rather than laparoscopy] is justified”; this comment is based on anecdotal experience of one patient who died when laparoscopy led to a laparotomy. The …

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