Value of routine chest radiography in the medical screening of internationally adopted children
Aim: To assess the value of the routine chest radiography as part of the medical evaluation of newly arrived, internationally adopted children. Methods: We evaluated the use of routine chest radiography (CXR) in the medical screening of 1598 internationally adopted children. Results: CXR showed abnormalities in 128 cases: 38 of these findings were already known and/or consistent with obvious clinical signs or symptoms, and 54 had no clinical relevance. In two patients, CXR raised the suspicion of tuberculosis.
: The routine use of CXR in the screening of internationally adopted children rarely yields new, clinically relevant, information and should be performed on indication only.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Departments of Radiology 2: Royal Netherlands Tuberculosis Association (KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation), The Hague, The Netherlands 3: Paediatrics, University Hospital Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date: March 1, 2005