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Free Content Antituberculosis drug-induced hepatotoxicity is uncommon in Tanzanian hospitalized pulmonary TB patients

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Summary Data on antituberculosis drug-induced hepatotoxicity in sub Saharan Africa are limited, probably because liver function tests are not carried out routinely during tuberculosis treatment in most African countries. We monitored the liver function of 112 Tanzanian hospitalized pulmonary tuberculosis patients during the first 2 months (i.e. the intensive phase) of tuberculosis treatment. The rate of hepatotoxicity in our study was 0.9% (95% CI 0.04–4.3%). It is encouraging to find a lower rate of antituberculosis drug-induced hepatotoxicity than one would expect based on the high prevalence of risk factors such as HIV and hepatitis B.

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Les données sur l’hépatotoxicité induite par les médicaments antituberculeux en Afrique subsaharienne sont limitées, probablement parce que les tests de la fonction hépatique ne sont pas effectuées en routine durant le traitement de la tuberculose dans la plupart des pays africains. Nous avons suivi la fonction hépatique de 112 patients tanzaniens à tuberculeuse pulmonaire hospitalisés au cours des deux premiers mois (i.e. la phase intensive) du traitement de la tuberculose. Le taux d’hépatotoxicité dans notre étude était de 0,9% (IC95%: 0,04 - 4,3%). Il est encourageant de constater un taux d’hépatotoxicité induite par les médicaments antituberculeux inférieur à ce que l’on s’attendrait sur base de la prévalence élevée des facteurs de risque tels que le VIH et l’hépatite B.
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Keywords: Africa; Afrique; adverse reactions; antitubercular treatment; effets indésirables; liver toxicity; reacciones adversas; toxicidad hepática; toxicité pour le foie; traitement antituberculeux; tratamiento antituberculoso; África

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1:  Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania 2:  Kibong’oto National Tuberculosis Hospital, Sanya Juu, Tanzania 3:  Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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