A case of obstructive jaundice caused by tuberculous lymphadenitis: a literature review

Su J.ung Baik, Kwon Yoo, Tae H.un Kim, Il H.wan Moon, Min Sun Cho

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Obstructive jaundice caused by tuberculous lymphadenitis is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis (TB), with 15 cases having been reported in Korea. We experienced a case of obstructive jaundice caused by pericholedochal tuberculous lymphadenitis in a 30-year-old man. The patient's initial serum total bilirubin level was 21.1 mg/dL. Abdominal computed tomography revealed narrowing of the bile duct by a conglomerated soft-tissue mass involving the main portal vein. Abrupt obstruction of the common bile duct was observed on cholangiography. Pathologic analysis of a ultrasonography-guided biopsy sample revealed chronic granulomatous inflammation, and an endoscopic examination revealed esophageal varices and active duodenal ulceration, the pathology of which was chronic noncaseating granulomatous inflammation. Hepaticojejunostomy was performed and pathologic analysis of the conglomerated soft-tissue mass revealed chronic granulomatous inflammation with caseation of the lymph nodes. Tuberculous lymphadenitis should be considered in patients presenting with obstructive jaundice in an endemic area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalClinical and molecular hepatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2014


  • Lymphadenitis
  • Portal hypertension
  • Tuberculosis


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