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Infection. 2016 Apr;44(2):243-6. doi: 10.1007/s15010-015-0865-8. Epub 2015 Dec 11.

Miliary tuberculosis: sonographic pattern in chest ultrasound.

Author information

1
Khayelitsha District Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa.
2
Department of Pediatric Pneumology and Immunology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353, Berlin, Germany. sabine.belard@charite.de.
3
Clinical Infectious Disease Research Initiative (CIDRI), Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Cape Town, South Africa.
4
Division of Emergency Medicine, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.
5
Department of Medicine, Klinikum Muenchen-Perlach, Munich, Germany.

Abstract

Miliary tuberculosis (TB) is characterized by a multitude of small nodular opacities on chest radiography. Despite ultrasound of the chest gaining wider acceptance as a diagnostic tool of lung infections, sonographic changes of pulmonary miliary TB have not yet been reported. Here, we describe B-lines and comet-tail artifacts disseminated throughout multiple lung areas and a pattern of sub-pleural granularity as consistent changes seen in lung ultrasound of ten patients with pulmonary miliary TB diagnosed by chest radiography.

KEYWORDS:

Chest ultrasound; Diagnosis; Imaging; Miliary tuberculosis

PMID:
26661658
DOI:
10.1007/s15010-015-0865-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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