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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
Instructive Cases

Cavitating Tuberculosis in an Infant: Case Report and Literature Review

van Hest, Rob MD, MSc*; de Vries, Gerard MD, MSc*; Morbano, Giovanni RN*; Pijnenburg, Mariëlle MD†; Hartwig, Nico MD, PhD†; Baars, Hennie MD*

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Primary cavitating tuberculosis is a rare complication of primary tuberculosis in young children. In the absence of a known adult source case, the diagnosis of tuberculosis in children can be difficult. We describe an 8-month-old baby with primary cavitating tuberculosis, in whom there was considerable delay in diagnosis, and review the literature.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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