Pediatric multidrug-resistant tuberculosis gets more attention

Due to difficulties in establishing accurate diagnoses and lower priorities assigned by tuberculosis (TB) control programs, pediatric TB has been relatively neglected. Treatment delays lead to the progression of disease, increased risk of infectiousness, greater complications, and higher rates of morbidity and death.

“The key learnings identified from this study are that the time of initiation of diagnosis is large, reflecting the difficulty in diagnosing pediatric TB and the lack of consensus among practitioners.”
-Gulrez Shah Azhar, MBBS, MD, MPH, senior lecturer, Indian Institute of Public Health, Ahmedabad, India, and member of mdCurrent-India’s Editorial Advisory Board

Approximately 1.5% of 245,000 new smear positive TB cases in India are in patients aged 0 to 14 years, with pediatric cases making up...

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