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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 or blood test, chest X-ray, sputum tests, and possibly other testing or biopsies.
  • TB treatment requires medicines for a few months. The amount of time and the number of medicines needed varies depending on the stage of TB and other factors. Treatment for active TB may include a short-term hospital stay to be treated with medicine.
Children's Team

Children's Team


Roberta DeBiasi

Roberta DeBiasi

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

Nada Harik

Director, Fellowship Training Program
Infectious Diseases Specialist


Infectious Diseases

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