Congenital tuberculosis presenting as sepsis syndrome: case report and review of the literature

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2001 Apr;20(4):439-42. doi: 10.1097/00006454-200104000-00014.


We report an infant with congenital tuberculosis who presented with fulminant septic shock, disseminated intravascular coagulation and respiratory failure. Aggressive resuscitation and supportive care and prompt initiation of antituberculosis medications led to resolution of the shock state. We reviewed six other cases with a similar presentation. Congenital tuberculosis should be in the differential of the infant presenting acutely with sepsis syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome / etiology*
  • Tuberculosis / congenital*
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis*