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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 189-191

Change of diagnosis of tuberculosis after starting antituberculosis medication: An observation and expected rate of missed diagnosis in a Thailand–Myanmar border district

1 TWS Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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

DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_91_19

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Background: Tuberculosis is still a big problem in several areas including Indochina. The international border area between countries in this area has a high incidence of tuberculosis. There is a need for good surveillance and management for this specific location in Indochina. Methods: The authors reappraise on the available record on tuberculosis case in a Thai border district to Myanmar. The expected missed diagnosis rate of tuberculosis based on the change of diagnosis after starting antituberculosis medication is calculated. Results: The expected range of change of diagnosis of tuberculosis after starting antituberculosis medication is between 4.0% and 64.1%. Conclusion: The missed diagnosis of tuberculosis in this border area can be expected, and this might be a factor leading to incorrect epidemiological data of tuberculosis in this endemic area.

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