Diagnosing tuberculosis in pregnancy: a case report

New Microbiol. 2011 Jul;34(3):327-30. Epub 2011 Jul 30.


A case of miliary tuberculosis complicated by deciduitis and sub-chorionitis in a pregnant woman manifesting also influenza A/H1N1v infection and urinary tract infection is reported. Diagnosis of tuberculosis was obtained before delivery by examining amniotic fluid for Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Even though maternal symptoms did not suggest TB, diagnosis was early enough to start effective treatment in both the mother and the neonate and prevent in-hospital M.tuberculosis diffusion. A high index of suspicion by health professionals is required to detect and manage tuberculosis in pregnancy and newborns in both the developed and developing word.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / drug therapy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / methods*
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy
  • Young Adult


  • Antitubercular Agents