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.
From the *Department of Tuberculosis Control, Municipal Health Service Rotterdam, and the †Division of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus University Medical Centre/Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Accepted for publication February 10, 2004.
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