Cerebral TB a scourge of children

In a review of five cases of CNS TB in PNG children seen at the hospital in 10 years, they reported two died due to late presentation, one had residual disability and two were cured after six months of antimycobacterial treatment.  Two of the cases had multi-drug resistant infection.

The prevalence of TB in PNG was 130 per 100,000 population in 2008, and two years later a researcher noted about 15% of children presenting with febrile illness in a large PNG hospital were diagnosed with CNS TB, the doctors wrote.