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Unusual occurrence of destroyed lung syndrome in childhood: a case report

SA Saidu


A 10-year-old male child presented with three weeks history of neck swelling, fever and cough of insidious onset. On examination he was wasted and had dull percussion notes, bronchial breath sounds and crepitations on the left side. The ESR was high. Sputum AFB was positive. The chest radiograph showed features of Destroyed Lung Syndrome (DLS), one of the most severe complications of secondary PTB. The patient is doing well on antituberculous drugs. This case of DLS is presented here because it occurred in a child, a rather unusual presentation.

Keywords: destroyed lung, tuberculosis, childhood

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