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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*

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: July 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 7 - p 667-670
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000130955.39415.b6
Instructive Cases

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.

Address for reprints: Rob van Hest, MD, MSc, Department of Tuberculosis Control, Municipal Health Service Rotterdam, P.O. Box 70032, 3000 LP Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Fax 31 10 4339950; E-mail

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.