Two cases of tuberculosis occurring in premature neonates are presented. The first case was diagnosed postmortem, after presenting during life with an inhalation bronchopneumonia. The second case was admitted to the incubator next to the first case for nine days. After a latent period of more than 1 mth the child showed signs of severe infection with predominant gastrointestinal manifestations. The disease was not proven bacteriologically but the diagnosis was made on the basis of a positive skin test at 11 mth and the response to antituberculous treatment. The main clinical features of the disease in the neonate, the possible sources of contagion and the difficulties of the diagnosis in this age group are discussed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1973|
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