'Remote FASH' tele-sonography - a novel tool to assist diagnosing HIV-associated extrapulmonary tuberculosis in remote areas

Acta Trop. 2013 Jul;127(1):53-5. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2013.03.014. Epub 2013 Mar 30.


Diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) is complex, especially in HIV positive patients. Ultrasound can aid diagnosis of extrapulmonary TB (EPTB), but experienced sonographers are often not available in endemic settings. We describe a novel tool to aid diagnosis of EPTB using telemedicine and a previously described standardized protocol for fast assessment with sonography of HIV/TB patients (FASH).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Gabon
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Tuberculosis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Ultrasonography
  • Videoconferencing