A patient with extrapulmonary tuberculosis should receive antituberculous therapy for a period sufficient to eradicate the infection.


NOTE: The duration of therapy for a multi-drug resistant strain is unknown.


Sites of infection treated for 6 months:

(1) lymph node

(2) pleura

(3) pericardium

(4) genitourinary

(5) peritoneal

(6) disseminated disease


Sites of infection treated for 6-9 months:

(1) bone and joint


Sites of infection treated for 9-12 months

(1) central nervous system (CNS), including meninges


In addition to antituberculous therapy, corticosteroids are recommended for:

(1) pericarditis

(2) CNS involvement


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