May 1971

The Chest Roentgenogram in the Early Diagnosis of Tuberculous Meningitis in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Radiology, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;121(5):389-392. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02100160059005

The chest roentgenograms of 180 children with tuberculous meningitis were reviewed. All x-ray films of the chest were made early in the course of the disease or before the diagnosis had been established. Forty-three percent of the children had normal chest roentgenograms, 23% had signs of disseminated miliary tuberculosis and 10% had calcifying primary intrathoracic tuberculosis. Normal chest roentgenograms should not be used to exclude tuberculous meningitis in the differential diagnosis.