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Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases

Print version ISSN 1413-8670On-line version ISSN 1678-4391


SOUZA, Edna Lúcia S. de; MOREIRA, Lícia Maria O.  and  SILVA, Márcio Fernando. Perinatal tuberculosis: a diagnostic challenge. Braz J Infect Dis [online]. 2006, vol.10, n.3, pp.228-229. ISSN 1413-8670.

Despite the high prevalence of tuberculosis in adults and children, the congenital and perinatal forms of tuberculosis are rare. In Brazil, there has been only one published case of congenital tuberculosis and two cases of the perinatal form of this disease. We report a case of perinatal tuberculosis presenting with pneumonia. Alcohol-acid-resistant bacilli were found in the gastric lavage. Diagnosis of this disease presentation requires a high index of suspicion.

Keywords : Congenital tuberculosis; perinatal tuberculosis; tuberculosis; pneumonia.

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