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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 264-267

Pulmonary tuberculosis presenting as acute respiratory distress syndrome and pulmonary embolism

Department of Paediatrics, GMERS Medical College and Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Guajrat, India

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Nehal Patel
Department of Paediatrics, GMERS Medical College and Sola Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad - 380 060, Guajrat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cjhr.cjhr_17_21

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This series describes six pediatric cases who presented as severe acute respiratory illness during the pandemic of COVID-19 with high D-dimer levels. All six patients tested negative for novel coronavirus. They were diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) on detailed investigations; high D-dimer levels are one of the most important indicators of the pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism is a rare presentation of TB, and this study emphasizes the need of keeping TB as an important differential diagnosis of those who present as acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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