Utility of Tuberculin Testing in Children Under 5 Years of Age

  • B.N. Gaind Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Formerly Paediatrician Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi
  • A.M. Berry Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Formerly Paediatrician Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi
  • S. Ghosh Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Formerly Paediatrician Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi
Keywords: tuberculin test, sensitivity, lymph node, biopsy, tuberculous lymphadenitis

Abstract

The usefulness of the tuberculin sensitivity in children as an index of tuberculosis was evaluated in terms of the conversion index. Out of 62 children, 27 had abnormal X-rays. Family surveys lead to picking up of nine children who had radiological evidence of the disease. Lymph node biopsy in one of the subjects showed tuberculous lymphadenitis. How relevant this index of tuberculin conversion is as an indicator of tuberculous disease in childhood is clear from the present study. It is an important procedure for screening and can considerably reduce the work load and increase case yield. It also gives us a good idea about the prevalence and epidemiology of tuberculous infection in children.

Author Biography

B.N. Gaind, Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. Formerly Paediatrician Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi

 

 

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Published
2021-12-21
How to Cite
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Gaind B, Berry A, Ghosh S. Utility of Tuberculin Testing in Children Under 5 Years of Age. PI [Internet]. 21Dec.2021 [cited 21Jun.2024];23(9-10):197-00. Available from: https://paediatricaindonesiana.org/index.php/paediatrica-indonesiana/article/view/2907
Received 2021-12-21
Published 2021-12-21