Disseminated tuberculosis and tuberculous meningitis in Australian-born children; case reports and review of current epidemiology and management
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Correspondence: Dr Benjamin B Smith, Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia. Fax: 02 9845 1418; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We present two cases of tuberculous meningitis in Australian-born children. We review the current literature surrounding management of paediatric tuberculosis and disseminated disease, emphasising the importance of prompt diagnosis and intervention. We discuss the epidemiology of tuberculosis in the Australian paediatric population and highlight the sentinel role of childhood infection in public health surveillance.