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Tuberculosis Program

UCSF's Pediatric Tuberculosis (TB) Program is part of the Division of Infectious Diseases at our Oakland location. We have evaluated thousands of children with suspected TB infection or disease. Our physicians have extensive expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of TB in children and serve as the pediatric TB consultants for the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. The pediatric TB Program works in partnership with the county public health departments throughout Northern California to ensure that children with TB or at risk for TB receive the best care possible.

Quality Care and a Focus on Your Child

  • Children with tuberculosis exposure, infection, and disease are cared for by infectious disease physicians who are the experts on pediatric tuberculosis in Northern California.
  • We know that quality healthcare is about more than the disease. When a child has been exposed to TB or is suspected to have TB infection or disease, it can be frightening and stressful for parents and families. We make the experience easier by providing attentive care in a thoughtful and compassionate manner.
  • We have experience serving a diverse population and have insight into the unique needs and concerns of different cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

Services provided:

  • Placement and interpretation of tuberculin skin tests (PPDs)
  • Obtaining and interpreting interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs)
  • Chest radiographs (x-rays) and other radiographic studies, as needed
  • Laboratory services
  • Coordination with other consulting services
  • Admission to Children's Hospital Oakland if necessary

Tuberculosis Education

  • We provide parents and families comprehensive education about the diagnosis and treatment of TB.
  • Our infectious disease physicians serve as a resource to community pediatricians helping them whenever challenging questions about pediatric tuberculosis arise.
  • We provide education about pediatric TB to practicing physicians and physicians-in-training through lectures and other educational programs.

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    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
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    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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