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A Journal on Diseases of the Respiratory System
Official Journal of the Italian Society of Thoracic Endoscopy
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus
Minerva Pneumologica 2001 December;40(4):201-6
Diagnosis and follow-up of three cases of endobronchial tuberculosis
Marzo C., Guarino C., De Simone G., Bencivenga G., Di Leo V.
Endobronchial tuberculosis (ETBT) is a disease difficult to diagnose. Cough is frequently the only symptom but is, often, thought to be associated with other respitatory diseases instead of tuberculosis so that diagnosis is reached later. Cough associated to endobronchial tuberculosis is often resistant to symptomatic drugs. The diagnosis of ETBT is based on the evidence of acid fast bacilli on sputum and, when necessary, on bronchial endoscopy. Endobronchial endoscopy is a useful tool to evidentiate mucosal alterations, to obtain bronchial secretions, to perform biopsies for a rapid diagnosis and to follow-up disease evolution under pharmacological treatment.