TB and MDR-TB Patient Cases


The World Medical Association has realized that there is an urgent need to support physicians in their daily work with TB and MDR-TB patients by developing TB and MDR-TB training material. Since 2005, we have provided the MDR-TB online course and in 2011 we have completed the TB refresher course. Both courses are available free of charge from our webpage as online courses and as PDF for download. They are translated into several languages, and there will be more of them.

Teaching styles have changed and there is an increasing demand for interactive e-Learning methods.   

Together with New Jersey Medical School and their Global Tuberculosis Institute, and  INMEDEA, a company creating interactive software for medical professionals, WMA has developed as training material 2 interactive patient cases based on the existing TB and MDR-TB cases. Due to the use of new multimedia technology and the web, the user has the impression to solve a real patient case when doing anamnesis, physical examination, making the diagnosis and deciding on a treatment plan. This does not replace the online courses, which are more textbook based, but it is a complement to the existing courses and helps to check whether the learned content is really understood.

Brief introduction to how to solve the patient cases and how to navigate through the system is available through this link.

1st Patient Case:

Rafael Cordero is a 30 year old man who was born in Ecuador and immigrated to the US. He was admitted to a local hospital for night sweats, a 6 week history of productive cough, weight loss of 10 kg, fatigue, and hemoptysis. The patient had no other significant past medical history. The patient’s TST was negative and repeat testing also revealed negative results....

To enter the patient case please click: Rafael Cordero

2nd Patient Case:

Sandra Fisher, a German 34 year old female social worker presents to the clinic with cough of unknown origin with slightly bloody sputum (hemoptysis). She reports that, after a severe cold last winter, shortness of breath and dry cough have remained, now being accompanied by slightly bloody sputum. Also, she feels persistently tired what she always thought was due to spring time. She is lethargic, breaks often out in night sweats and has unintentionally lost 5 kg of weight during the last 2 months. Mrs. Fisher reports that she must often go to the homes of fellow citizens she must look after…

To enter the patient case please click: Sandra Fisher

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