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Thorax 66:1010-1011 doi:10.1136/thx.2010.152868
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  • Correspondence

Rethinking TB screening: politics, practicalities and the press

  1. Alan Williams
  1. Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS foundation Trust, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to David Thomas, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS foundation Trust, Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Castle Lane East, Bournemouth BH7 7DW, UK; david.thomas{at}rbch.nhs.uk
  • Accepted 2 December 2010
  • Published Online First 16 February 2011

In support of the urgent need for improvements to new entrant TB screening,1 which must encourage the diagnosis of both active and latent forms of TB, we would like to offer two audits of new entrant screening from an area with a low TB incidence (4.3/100 000).2

In 2006, we audited 29 new entrant referrals, all of whom had a chest x-ray reported by the Port Health Control Unit at Heathrow Airport as ‘abnormal’ (predominantly hilar calcification).3 Of the 29 referrals, …


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