Miliary Tuberculosis presenting with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A case report

  • Lalita Fernandes Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Goa Medical College, Goa.
  • Rohit Vadala Senior Resident, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Goa Medical College, Goa.
  • Anthony M Mesquita Director, Professor, HOD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Goa Medical College, Goa.
Keywords: Miliary Tuberculosis, ARDS, Mortality, Anti-tubercular therapy.

Abstract

Tuberculosis is one of the most important health problems in the developing world. Miliary tuberculosis particularly is a major killer disease if not diagnosed and treated early. The natural history of miliary tuberculosis is variable with most of the patients having sub-acute or chronic disease while some have acute presentation with rapid clinical deterioration and death. Miliary tuberculosis presenting with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) requiring mechanical ventilation is rare. Awareness of the clinical presentation helps in early diagnosis and management of the disease. We report a case of ARDS due to Miliary tuberculosis in a young immune-competent female with no co-morbidities who succumbed to her illness.

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Author Biography

Lalita Fernandes, Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Goa Medical College, Goa.
Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Goa Medical College.
Published
2015-07-30
Section
Case Report