Diagnostic Update: Tuberculosis in Children

Within the paediatric population, children less than 5 years of age and those in the teenage years have the highest risk of Latent TB infection (LTBI) reactivation to active TB. Children who face the highest risk have been in close contact with someone who has or had active TB, or have comorbid conditions, e.g. HIV, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, or are taking immunosuppressants.

The path to diagnosing LTBI requires healthcare workers know all the investigations and test methods – how they work and what they can and cannot prove – is essential to drawing the conclusion.
In this webinar, Dr Ana Alvarez:

  • Reviews the illustrative cases from paediatric patients
  • Provides the latest guidelines and recommendations of LTBI screening in the paediatric population
  • Discusses TB testing options and issues related to test results sensitivity and specificity

By the end of this webinar, you will understand:

  • How to define LTBI
  • Different types of tests that are currently available to diagnose TB in children – their advantages and disadvantages
  • Appropriate workup for paediatric patients with suspected TB

Dr Ana M. Avarez, MD

Dr Ana Alvarez is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida Jacksonville. Dr Alvarez specializes in pediatric infectious diseases, and has clinical and research special interests in tuberculosis, immunology, and HIV/AIDS.

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