Tuberculosis in the elderly

D. K. Mukherjee*, D. Fiefield, B. C. Leahy

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-118
Number of pages3
JournalCME Bulletin Geriatric Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Elderly
  • Nursing homes
  • Tuberculosis


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