How can a clinical diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis be confirmed?

A chest X-ray is very important in confirming a clinical suspicion or diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis. In children, tuberculosis is often diagnosed on a chest X-ray.

A chest X-ray is an important way of diagnosing pulmonary tuberculosis.

In children with HIV infection, other HIV related lung conditions may present with a similar X-ray appearance. This makes interpretation more difficult. If pneumonia does not respond to a weeks course of antibiotics, always suspect TB.

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