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Value of routine chest radiography in the medical screening of internationally adopted children

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Abstract

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.
Conclusion

: 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.
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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: 2005-03-01

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