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Treatment outcomes and risk factors of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in patients with co-morbidities


Khan, AH and Sulaiman, SAS and Laghari, M and Hassali, MA and Muttalif, AR and Bhatti, Z and Ming, LC and Talpur, BA, Treatment outcomes and risk factors of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis in patients with co-morbidities, BMC Infectious Diseases, 19, (1) Article 691. ISSN 1471-2334 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s12879-019-4312-9


Background: Extra-pulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) represents about 14% of all cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Malaysia. The aims of the study include evaluation of socio-demographic factors, clinical manifestations, co-morbidities among patients with EPTB and their treatment outcomes.

Methods: A retrospective study was conducted to recognize the epidemiology facts of EPTB. Individual data for EPTB patients were collected from TB registers, laboratory TB registers, treatment cards and TB medical personal files into a standardized study questionnaire. Crude (COR) and adjusted odds ratios (AOR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were determined to assess the risk factors for EPTB and unsuccessful treatment outcomes.

Results: There were 1222 EPTB patients presenting 13.1% of all TB cases during 20062008. Pleural effusion and lymph node TB were the most frequent types and accounted for 45.1% of all EPTB cases among study participants. Treatment success rate was 67.6%. The best treatment completion rates were found in children ≤15 years (0.478 [0.2311.028]; p = 0.05). On multivariate analysis, age group 5665 years (1.658 [1.1572.376]; p = 0.006), relapse cases (7.078 [1.58531.613]; p = 0.010), EPTB-DM (1.773 [1.1652.698]; p = 0.008), patients with no formal (2.266 [1.2544.095]; p = 0.001) and secondary level of education (1.889 [1.0853.288]; p = 0.025) were recorded as statistically positive significant risk factors for unsuccessful treatment outcomes. Patients at the risk of EPTB were more likely to be females (1.524 [1.3111.746]; p < 0.001), Malays (1.251 [1.0561.482]; p = 0.010) and Indians (1.450 [1.1421.842]; p = 0.002), TB-HIV (3.215 [2.3474.405]; p < 0.001), EPDM-HIV (4.361 [1.65711.474]; p = 0.003), EPTBHIV-HEP (4.083 [2.7855.987]; p < 0.001), those living in urban areas (1.272 [1.1091.459]; p = 0.001) and no formal education (1.361 [1.0181.820]; p = 0.037).

Conclusion: The findings of this study extend the knowledge of EPTB epidemiology and highlight the need for improved EPTB detection in Malaysia, especially in subpopulations with high risk for EPTB and unsuccessful treatment outcomes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:extra-pulmonary TB, co-morbidities, risk factors, treatment outcomes
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ming, LC (Dr Long Ming)
ID Code:136734
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2020-01-16
Last Modified:2020-04-22
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