Congenital tuberculosis

Australas Radiol. 1998 Aug;42(3):256-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1673.1998.tb00512.x.


Congenital tuberculosis is a rare disease. The non-specific nature of presenting signs and symptoms (because of the lack of host response) and the fatal outcome in the absence of early therapy all underscore the importance of early diagnosis and treatment in infants. Recognition requires awareness that tuberculosis at this age has manifestations not found in older children. Here a case of congenital tuberculosis is presented, where changes were confined only to the thorax. Tuberculosis in the mother could be diagnosed only retrospectively.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Radiography
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / congenital*
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / diagnostic imaging
  • Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / drug therapy


  • Antitubercular Agents