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Pediatric Tuberculosis

Key Points about Tuberculosis

  • Tuberculosis (TB) is an ongoing (chronic infection) caused by bacteria. It usually infects the lungs. But other organs such as the kidneys, spine or brain may be affected.
  • A child can be infected with TB bacteria and not have active disease.
  • The most common symptoms of active TB include fever, cough, weight loss and chills.
  • TB is diagnosed with a TB skin test.
  • Treatment may include a short-term hospital stay and treated with medicine.
  • TB can be prevented by lowering your child's risk for the disease.
  • What is tuberculosis?
  • What causes TB?
  • Which children are at risk for TB?
  • What are the symptoms of TB?
  • How is TB diagnosed?
  • How is TB treated in my child?
  • How can I help prevent TB?
  • When should I call my child’s health care provider?
Children's Team

Children's Team


Roberta DeBiasi

Roberta DeBiasi

Division Chief, Infectious Disease
Co-Director, Congenital Zika Program
Investigator, Children's Research Institute
Nada Harik

Nada Harik

Associate Director, Fellowship Training Program
Infectious Disease Specialist
Investigator, Children's Research Institute


Infectious Disease

Our Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious disease in the Washington, DC, area, helping thousands of patients each year, and actively promoting prevention through community outreach and education.