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Tuberculosis in children: a tertiary centre perspective

Paul D Robinson, Dianne Dalton, Terri Cripps, Nicholas J Wood, Alison M Kesson and David Isaacs
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (3): 190-191.
Published online: 4 February 2008

To the Editor: The growing problem of tuberculosis in resource-rich countries has been recently highlighted,1 with immigration thought to be an important contributor. To assess a possible increase in incidence, we performed a retrospective case record review of all children who had tuberculin skin tests or who were diagnosed with tuberculosis at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead for 3 years from 2004 to 2006. This period included the establishment of a refugee clinic in May 2005, which routinely tests refugees by tuberculin skin testing. We compared our findings with published data from 1982 to 1991.2

  • Paul D Robinson1
  • Dianne Dalton2
  • Terri Cripps2
  • Nicholas J Wood3
  • Alison M Kesson2
  • David Isaacs2

  • 1 Department of Respiratory Medicine, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 3 National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: paulr3@chw.edu.au

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