Monday, May 23, 2011

TB, Ever Present

Timothy is a 16 year old boy who presented to the clinic 1 week ago with a history of cough of 3 months duration.  His Chest X-ray and sputum check showed Tuberculosis.  Timothy and his parents initially balked at the recommendation that he be hospitalized.  He is preparing for his A level exams.  It would be like sending someone at home taking his SAT exam while being extremely contagious with Tuberculosis. 

After one week of treatment his cough has dramatically reduced and Timothy has promised to have good cough hygiene next week while taking his exams.  Timothy is fortunately HIV negative.

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