Central nervous system tuberculosis in children

Richard G. Curless, Charles D Mitchell

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Abstract

The incidence of tuberculosis in the United States is increasing in all age groups; 5% of all of these patients have central nervous system involvement. We studied childhood central nervous system tuberculosis between 1979 and 1989 and reviewed the literature for patients up to 14 years of age. The small number of patients reported in this country results in delayed diagnoses because of reduced awareness. Cranial computed tomography within 1 week of initial symptoms may reveal basilar enhancement, hydrocephalus, or infarction. When combined with cerebrospinal fluid findings atypical for common bacterial infection, these radio-graphic findings support the prompt initiation of antituberculous therapy. Prophylactic considerations are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-274
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric Neurology
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Central Nervous System Tuberculosis
Delayed Diagnosis
Hydrocephalus
Radio
Bacterial Infections
Infarction
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Tuberculosis
Central Nervous System
Age Groups
Tomography
Incidence
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Neurology

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Central nervous system tuberculosis in children. / Curless, Richard G.; Mitchell, Charles D.

In: Pediatric Neurology, Vol. 7, No. 4, 01.01.1991, p. 270-274.

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Curless, Richard G. ; Mitchell, Charles D. / Central nervous system tuberculosis in children. In: Pediatric Neurology. 1991 ; Vol. 7, No. 4. pp. 270-274.
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