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CT Scanning for Evaluating Contacts of TB Patients: Ready for Prime Time?

Neil W. Schluger, MD
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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University.

Correspondence to: Neil Schluger, MD, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, PH-8 East, Room 101, 622 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032; e-mail: ns311@columbia.edu


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST the following conflict of interest: Dr Schluger is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health for research in TB treatment and diagnosis.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;137(5):1011-1013. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2846
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Examination of contacts to persons with active TB is an important component of many TB control programs around the world.1,2 Contact tracing enables identification and treatment of two important classes of patients: those who have been exposed to the index case and become infected, but have not yet developed active disease, and those who already have developed active disease. In this way, contact investigations play an important role in preventing future cases of TB and in interrupting ongoing disease transmission in the community.

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