Management of paediatric tuberculosis in leading UK centres: unveiling consensus and discrepancies.

Turkova, A, Welch, S B, Paton, J Y, Riordan, A, Williams, B, Patel, S V, Clark, J E, Bernatoniene, J, Doerholt, K, Child, F, Walters, S, Riddell, A, Shingadia, D, Liebeschuetz, S and Kampmann, B (2014) Management of paediatric tuberculosis in leading UK centres: unveiling consensus and discrepancies. The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 18 (9). pp. 1047-56. ISSN 1815-7920.

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Large specialist paediatric TB clinics in the UK.


To evaluate clinical practice and compare with national and international guidelines.


A survey based on an electronic questionnaire on the management of latent tuberculous infection (LTBI) and tuberculosis (TB) disease was conducted in 13 specialist paediatric TB clinics. The consensus and discrepancies were evaluated by descriptive analysis.


Practice was reportedly different when choosing age limits for preventive treatment for TB contacts with initially negative tuberculin skin tests (TSTs), interpretation of TST results and use of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) in the context of LTBI. In relation to management of children with TB disease, practices varied for duration of treatment of osteoarticular TB, monitoring for ethambutol ocular toxicity and use of pyridoxine. There was limited experience with multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), and over half of the clinics monitored MDR-TB contacts without giving preventive treatment.


The survey showed heterogeneity in several aspects of clinical care for children with TB. Available paediatric TB guidelines differ substantially, explaining the wide variations in management of childhood TB. Prospective paediatric studies are urgently required to inform and standardise clinical practice, especially in the context of evolving drug resistance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
WS Paediatrics. Child health
Divisions: Womens and Childrens > Paediatrics
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2015 13:12
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2015 13:12

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