SYMPTOMS

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TUBERCULOSIS?

  • Prolonged cough for more than three weeks;
  • Coughing up blood;
  • Permanent fatigue, asthenia;
  • Night sweats;
  • Weight loss;
  • Fever;
  • Chest pain.


CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDHOOD TUBERCULOSIS

The disease can occur as:

  • Cold;
  • Flu, without recovery after it;
  • Prolonged bronchitis, resistant to treatment;
  • Infants- low weight gain, weariness, whimpering;
  • Older children may complain about headache, weariness, slight fever 37,1o-37,5oC.


If the child had contact with TB bacillus,  it most often enters lymph nodes, surrounding trachea and bronchi.
Thereby some children just get infected, considerably less become ill.

Contributing factors include reduced immunity and contact with the infectious TB patient, mostly adults.


Using the tuberculin skin test (Mantoux reaction) it  is possible to determine whether  the child is infected with the TB bacillus.