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Coronavirus Update:What patients and families need to know

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.


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.