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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-110

Smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis: Relative incidence and outcome of treatment in a drug-resistant endemic setting in Indochina


1 TWS Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Biological Science, Joseph Ayobabalola University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Pathum Sookaromdee
TWS Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_138_18

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Background: Pulmonary tuberculosis is an important public health problem at present. The disease is still highly prevalent in several areas including tropical Indochina. In the area between Thailand and Myanmar body, the emerging drug-resistant tuberculosis is an interesting problem in the present day. Early diagnose and management of tuberculosis patient is important. Methods: In this specific article, the authors summarize and discuss on the locally available data on smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis in a drug-resistant endemic foci in Indochina. The relative incidence and the outcome of the treatment are specifically focused. Results: Based on the present study, the outcome of the treatment of cases with smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis is similar to cases with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis. Conclusion: Since the outcome of the treatment of cases with smear-negative pulmonary tuberculosis is similar to cases with smear-positive pulmonary tuberculosis, therefore, it is recommended for therapeutic management of those cases.


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