Stop TB Partnership

ERS/WHO Consilium provides expert advice to over 70 difficult TB cases across the world in first year


16 January 2015 - Over 70 difficult-to-treat TB cases have successfully received expert input from the ERS/WHO Consilium over the last year.

The initiative was set up to provide clinical consultation for drug-resistant TB and other difficult-to-treat TB cases, including co-infection with HIV and paediatric cases.

The free online platform allows clinicians to send key case information, including scans and images, through a patient-anonymous web platform. Personalised treatment advice on clinical management of complicated TB cases is sent back within 48-72 hours from at least two of the 50 internationally-renowned experts serving the consilium.

Among the successfully treated cases are six patients who were able to access Delamanid under compassionate use thanks to the support of the consilium. In addition, two TB outbreaks were successfully managed after clinicians accessed the resources of the consilium.

Professor GB Migliori, Secretary-General of ERS, and one of the experts behind the creation of the consilium, commented: "The consilium is a very valuable tool for the TB community and we hope that many more experts will use this free resource to help us tackle the global challenge of TB. Not only can the consilium help on an individual level, but it can also contribute to our global aim of eliminating TB through data gathering of clinical practices and cross-border follow-up of difficult cases."

If you would like to get a second opinion on your difficult-to-treat TB cases, visit the ERS/WHO Consilium to find out more: http://www.tbconsilium.org/