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Free Content Predictors of delayed culture conversion in patients treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Pakistan

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Culture conversion is an interim monitoring tool for treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). We evaluated the time to and predictors of culture conversion in pulmonary MDR-TB patients enrolled in the community-based MDR-TB management program at the Indus Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Despite strict daily directly observed therapy, monthly food incentives and patient counseling, the median time to culture conversion was 196 days (range 32–471). The cumulative probabilities of culture conversion by 2, 4, 6 and 12 months were respectively 6%, 33%, 47%, and 73%. Smoking, high smear grade at baseline and previous use of second-line drugs delayed culture conversion.
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Affiliations: 1: Interactive Research and Development, Karachi, Pakistan 2: Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan 3: Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA 4: Center for Tuberculosis Research, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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