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

Authors: BAKKER, Jeannette1; HORSTHUIS, Karin1; COBELENS, Frederik G. J.2; BEEK, Frank J. A.1; SCHULPEN, Tom W. J.3

Source: Acta Pædiatrica, Volume 94, Number 3, 1 March 2005 , pp. 366-368(3)

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Abstract:

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.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1651-2227.2005.tb03081.x

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

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