Diagnosis of culture-negative female genital tract tuberculosis with peritoneal involvement by polymerase chain reaction

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BACKGROUND: Female genital tract tuberculosis (TB) is a common cause of infertility in developing countries. It is a paucibacillary form of the disease of which smears and cultures are usually negative. CASE: We were able to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA to support a clinical and histologic diagnosis of a typical case of culture negative female genital tract TB. CONCLUSION: PCR may be a useful adjunct to diagnostic efforts in gynecologic tuberculosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-932
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine for the Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2001
Externally publishedYes



  • Female genital
  • Peritoneum
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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