The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) among the white elderly population is on the increase in the UK. Global resurgence of TB along with multiple drug resistant strains poses new challenges. The symptoms of TB in the elderly are non-specific, often delaying diagnosis. Treatment is difficult due to comorbidity, polypharmacy, drug interactions and increased adverse drug reactions. The mortality from TB in the elderly is high because of the above complexities. A high index of suspicion is required to make the diagnosis.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||CME Bulletin Geriatric Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
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