ICNC Abstracts, ICNC 2018

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Changing face of Pediatric Neurotuberculosis.
Kritika Tiwari, Purva Keni Karnavat, Anaita Udwadia Hegde

Last modified: 2018-09-09



Introduction: Neurotuberculosis, described as a disease of the lower socio-economic strata in developing countries, constitutes 5% of all extrapulmonary tuberculosis cases. We aim to highlight the changing face of neurotuberculosis in urban India with respect to presentations, diagnostic methods and treatment choices.


Methodology: We retrospectively analyzed 36 patients of neurotuberculosis presenting to our Pediatric Neurology Clinic. We studied their predisposing factors, clinical, laboratory features and response to treatment.


Results: 28/36 patients presented with classical tubercular meningitis while 8 presented atypically. Of the atypical cases 7/8 were adolescent girls, 7/8 belonged to a high socio-economic background. 2/8 presented with atypical features – one with isolated abducent palsy with focal enhanced meningeal thickening diagnosed on biopsy & one with persistent headache with CSF showing AFB. Both responded to category 1 treatment.

6/8 patients had multi-drug resistant tuberculosis(MDR-TB), of which 2 were immunocompromised but the rest were healthy, school-going children with a fulminant course. Only 1/8 was Gene Xpert positive. All showed thick, rope like basilar & spinal exudates on neuroimaging. 2/8 needed treated with thalidomide & streptolysin. All 6/8 had persistent fever on routine AKT, relapsed on tapering steroids, requiring prolonged treatment with dexamethasone & category 2&3 drugs. Koch’s contact varied from house help, school friend to parent.



In developing countries TB remains a serious diagnosis to consider irrespective of the clinical presentation, age or socioeconomic strata.

Adolescent healthy girls, from educated, high-income families, fulminant MRI changes, persistent fever on AKT, relapse on tapering steroids were common factors in our MDR-TB patients.


Multi drug resistant; high socio-economic strata; fulminant tuberculosis

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