Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 923–931 | Cite as

CT features of lymphobronchial tuberculosis in children, including complications and associated abnormalities

  • Susan LucasEmail author
  • Savvas Andronikou
  • Pierre Goussard
  • Robert Gie
Original Article



Lymphobronchial tuberculosis (TB) is tuberculous lymphadenopathy involving the airways, which is particularly common in children.


To describe CT findings of lymphobronchial TB in children, the parenchymal complications and associated abnormalities.

Materials and methods

CT scans of children with lymphobronchial TB were reviewed retrospectively. Lymphadenopathy, bronchial narrowing, parenchymal complications and associations were documented.


Infants comprised 51% of patients. The commonest site of lymphadenopathy was the subcarinal mediastinum (97% of patients). Bronchial compression was seen in all children (259 bronchi, of these 28% the bronchus intermedius) with severe or complete stenosis in 23% of affected bronchi. Parenchymal complications were present in 94% of patients, including consolidation (88%), breakdown (42%), air trapping (38%), expansile pneumonia (28%), collapse (17%) and bronchiectasis (9%), all predominantly on the right side (63%). Associated abnormalities included ovoid lesions, miliary nodules, pleural disease and intracavitary bodies.


Airway compression was more severe in infants and most commonly involved the bronchus intermedius. Numerous parenchymal complications were documented, all showing right-side predominance.


Tuberculosis Child CT Chest Lymphadenopathy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan Lucas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Savvas Andronikou
    • 1
  • Pierre Goussard
    • 2
  • Robert Gie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyFaculty of Health Sciences, University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department PaediatricsStellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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