Early Diagnosis and Treatment Problems with Perinatal Tuberculosis as a Challenge to Health Care Providers
International Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapy
Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2017, Pages: 22-24
Received: Jan. 18, 2017; Accepted: Feb. 6, 2017; Published: Feb. 24, 2017
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Eduardo Alfredo Duro, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Moron, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Magdalena V de Martínez General Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Elizabeth Marcela Rizzo, Magdalena V de Martínez General Hospital, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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The diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) in a newborn is often difficult as clinical signs are nonspecific. Neonatal infection is rare but it has a mortality up to 50%. The suspicion of TB in the mother is a powerful tool for diagnosis in the neonate, but physicians need to make mandatory steps to consider maternal TB in countries where the incidence is high. In this report we present two newborns with perinatal TB, the different clinical aspects in their mothers, and the problems that arised during investigation and diagnosis. We emphasize the need for improvement regarding screening of women at risk and sensitization of the medical community about this entity. We need to think in TB.
Perinatal Tuberculosis, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, Tuberculosis Control, Vertical Infection, Maternal-Fetal Infection
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Eduardo Alfredo Duro, Elizabeth Marcela Rizzo, Early Diagnosis and Treatment Problems with Perinatal Tuberculosis as a Challenge to Health Care Providers, International Journal of Infectious Diseases and Therapy. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017, pp. 22-24. doi: 10.11648/j.ijidt.20170201.15
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