Can the routine use of fluoroquinolones for community-acquired pneumonia delay the diagnosis of tuberculosis? A salutary case of diagnostic delay in a pilgrim returning from Mecca Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Guidelines advocate using fluoroquinolones as first-line treatment for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). However, the use of fluoroquinolones in patients with undiagnosed tuberculosis may cause a delay in the diagnosis of tuberculosis and may also promote the development of resistance to these drugs if used as monotherapy in undiagnosed tuberculosis. We illustrate the former with the following case report of a patient who developed tuberculosis after a pilgrimage to Mecca.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006