Primary abdominal tuberculosis presenting as chronic dyspepsia

Rekha Pai Mangalore, Vivian Liang and Kalyani Tharmarajah
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01313
Published online: 16 March 2015

To the Editor: Tuberculosis (TB) continues to be a leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although Australia has the lowest rates in the world, more recently there has been a spike secondary to increased international travel and migration.1

  • The Northern Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



We are grateful to Tuck Yong for reviewing our manuscript and Simon Glance of The Northern Hospital for his support and advice during the writing of this manuscript.

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