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Free Content Low antibody response against tuberculous glycolipid (TBGL) in elderly gastrectomised tuberculosis patients [Short Communication]

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To evaluate differences in anti-tuberculous glycolipid (TBGL) antibody titers in patients who developed tuberculosis (TB) with and without gastrectomy, 11 gastrectomised patients who developed TB after surgery (GS-TB), 19 TB patients without any other complications (TB), 12 gastrectomised patients who did not develop TB after surgery (GS) and 27 healthy subjects (H) with normal findings on chest X-ray were evaluated, although there were no differences in the clinical findings at admission between the TB and GS-TB groups. The assay used here allowed us to find low anti-TBGL antibody titers in GS-TB patients.

Keywords: TBGL; gastrectomy; tuberculosis

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: Division of Infectious and Respiratory Diseases, Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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