Early diagnosis of childhood tuberculosis

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7064.1083b (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1083

High index of suspicion is needed

  1. Maya Desai, Clinical research fellow,
  2. David Spencer, Consultant respiratory paediatrician
  1. Department of Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Paediatrics, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham B16 8ET

    EDITOR,—In addition to highlighting the pitfalls of contact tracing in childhood tuberculosis, Julia E Clark and Andrew J Cant raise the important issue of diagnostic difficulty in this age group.1 With the rising incidence of tuberculosis in Britain, a high index of suspicion must be maintained, especially in patients with unusual clinical features. In the past six …

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