Hindustan Times (New Delhi) (11.02.12)
A report has claimed that more than 20 percent of the children previously thought to be suffering from abdominal TB were actually suffering from other ailments and had been wrongly diagnosed. Some of the children misdiagnosed with TB had been prescribed TB medicines and had endured side effects. The misdiagnosing of the children was discovered when the children were brought to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS). Dr. S. K. Yachha, head of the department of gastro-pediatrics at SGPGIMS, explained that the children had been given prior treatment elsewhere in states of India, such as Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP, and Bihar.
To address the topic of misdiagnosis, a three-day conference, called PEDGASTROCON-2012, was held that began on November 2 at SGPGIMS. The conference presented information about pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. Yachha explained that children who have celiac disease and functional abdominal pain are often misdiagnosed for TB because of similar symptoms. The conference hoped to make doctors aware that TB medication for children should be used judiciously. Yachha stated that the symptoms are common for many diseases, and he cautions that the drugs prescribed for TB—pyrazinamide, rifampicin, ethambutol, and isoniazid—take a toll on liver functioning. He wants to educate doctors to become aware of the latest developments in technology and advanced treatment methods so that doctors will make correct diagnoses.