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The Roadmap for Childhood Tuberculosis: New Approaches and Direction

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Diagnosing TB in children is difficult in even the most resourced settings.  In this lecture we explore the importance of obtaining accurate clinical measures and the need to include pediatric diagnosis and treatment at the forefront of TB control programs.

     
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I agree, Like HIV , TB is also a Social disease with medical implication. Multiple factors needed to diagnose TB in absence of better diagnostics - symptomatic children,TST positive, Abnormal Xray, HIV testing, CONTACT TRACING. The ten steps mentioned are very important but seem to be more an administrative issues rather than clinical approach . However awarness about TB in children and need for research has gained momemtum and that is a good sign.

     
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its very difficult to get adequate sample from the pediatric patient and we have to break   the triad and add few rapid diagnostic tests as PCR to overcome diagnostic issues .

     
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Tuberculosis is a social disease with a medical aspect.
This is very important to understand.Hence with medical interventions we are dealing with only an aspect of the disease. The core issues are poverty,illiteracy, poor standard of living, poor housing, overcrowding, malnutrition and many more which make it more complicated. New diagnostics, drugs will help no doubt but without an addressing the social aspects it would be difficult to bring the desired change in the scenario of tuberculosis in developing countries.
Its true that.
The national programmes do focus on the smear positive pulmonary tuberculosis.Childhood TB, Extrapulmonary TB remain neglected.