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Tuberculous pericarditis in a child

Authors
Journal
Journal of Infection
0163-4453
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
32
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0163-4453(96)91560-1
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

A 14-year-old boy with tuberculous pericarditis and tamponade is described. Confirmation was by culture of pericardial aspirate. Though he did not have a cough, acid-fast bacilli were detected following induced sputum. Chest X-ray did not show evidence of pulmonary tuberculosis, but enlarged mediastinal nodes were detected by computerized tomography. He made an excellent response to anti-tuberculous chemotherapy and corticosteroids.

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