Diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in pregnancy
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
2010 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 163–171, July 2010
How to Cite
Mahendru, A., Gajjar, K. and Eddy, J. (2010), Diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in pregnancy. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, 12: 163–171. doi: 10.1576/toag.188.8.131.52598
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2011
- bacille Calmette–Guérin;
- ethnic minority;
- infection control;
- perinatal outcome
- •The UK has one of the highest incidence rates of tuberculosis (TB) in Western Europe.
- •Tuberculosis in pregnancy appears to be limited exclusively to ethnic minority women.
- •Timely investigation and diagnosis of TB are essential to initiate treatment and prevent maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.
- •Diagnosis is difficult as symptoms can mimic physiological changes of pregnancy.
- •To understand the various presentations and identify those at risk of infection or of developing the disease in pregnancy.
- •To learn about various anti-TB treatment regimens and their adverse effects.
- •To understand the issues of infection control and the multidisciplinary approach to care.
- •Do newborn infants need to be separated from their mother if the mother has TB?
- •Can breastfeeding still be recommended if the mother is being treated for TB?
Please cite this article as: Mahendru A, Gajjar K, Eddy J. Diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in pregnancy. The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist 2010;12:163–171.