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Lung ultrasonography in pulmonary tuberculosis: Integrating chest radiology?

  • Antonio Mirijello
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    Corresponding author at: Department of Medical Sciences, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital, v.le Cappuccini, 71013 San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.
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    Unit of Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
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  • Salvatore De Cosmo
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    Unit of Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
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  • Marco Sperandeo
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    Unit of Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

    Unit of Interventional and Diagnostic Ultrasound in Internal Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy
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      We read with interest the article by Montuori et al. evaluating the role of lung ultrasonography (LUS) in pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). Authors conclude that “chest ultrasonography may be a promising tool to support clinical, radiological and microbiological data in the diagnosis of PTB, a high burden pathological condition for which the delay in diagnosis represents a critical point in the control of the disease” [
      • Montuori M.
      • Casella F.
      • Casazza G.
      • Franzetti F.
      • Pini P.
      • Invernizzi C.
      • et al.
      Lung ultrasonography in pulmonary tuberculosis: a pilot study on diagnostic accuracy in a high-risk population.
      ]. We would like to express some methodological and technical considerations.

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          We would like to thank Mirijello, De Cosmo and Sperandeo for their interest in our work [1]. In our article we evaluated lung ultrasonography (LUS) signs and their accuracy in the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) [2], a disease for which better tools, including active case finding especially in high-burden countries, are critically needed to improve control of the largest cause of death from an infectious disease [3].
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