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Short course for focused assessment with sonography for human immunodeficiency virus/tuberculosis: Preliminary results in a rural setting in South Africa with high prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus and tuberculosis

Tom Heller, Claudia Wallrauch, Richard J. Lesseils, Sam Goblirsch, Enrico Brunetti

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Abstract

In Africa, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated extrapulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is common and poses diagnostic difficulties. Ultrasound is useful to find suggestive signs such as effusions or abdominal lymphadenopathy. Because trained radiologists are scarce in resource-poor settings, even this simple and relatively inexpensive diagnostic tool is frequently unavailable to patients in district hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa. We developed a focused protocol for assessment with sonography for HIV/TB and trained physicians in a rural district hospital in South Africa. In this pilot study, high levels of confidence in identifying specific signs were rapidly achieved and ultrasound was introduced into routine clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-515
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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District Hospitals
South Africa
Ultrasonography
Tuberculosis
HIV
Rural Hospitals
Africa South of the Sahara
Physicians
Lymphadenopathy
Radiologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology
  • Medicine(all)

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