A hypothesis for reactivation of pulmonary tuberculosis: How thoracic wall shape affects the epidemiology of tuberculosis.

@article{Casha2015AHF,
  title={A hypothesis for reactivation of pulmonary tuberculosis: How thoracic wall shape affects the epidemiology of tuberculosis.},
  author={Aaron R. Casha and Liberato Camilleri and Alexander Manch{\'e} and Ruben Gatt and Daphne Attard and Wiktor Wolak and Krzysztof Dudek and Marilyn Gauci and Christopher Giordimaina and Joseph N. Grima},
  journal={Clinical anatomy},
  year={2015},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={614-20}
}
This study was aimed at determining the cause for the high incidence of tuberculosis (TB) reactivation occurring in males with a low body mass index (BMI). Current thinking about pulmonary TB describes infection in the lung apex resulting in cavitation after reactivation. A different hypothesis is put forward for TB infection, suggesting that this occurs in subclinical apical cavities caused by increased pleural stress due to a low BMI body habitus. A finite element analysis (FEA) model of a… CONTINUE READING
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