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Factors Associated with High-grade Smear ARB Positivity Levels in Pulmonary Tuberculosis

DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.600
Synopsis: 
The aim of the study was investigate clinical and radiological risk factors to predict high-grade ARB-positive (more infectious) pulmonary tuberculosis cases. Patients with coughing and a moderate to high level of radiological involvement should be closely monitored due to their high level risk of transmission.

ABSTRACT

Objective: High grade level of smear acido-resistant bacilli (ARB) positivity has been linked to increased infectiousness in pulmonary tuberculosis (TB).The ability to predict infectiousness is important in the management of the disease. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between smear results, the clinical features and the levels of radiological involvement of TB

Accepted: 
22 Apr, 2016
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e-Published: 22 Apr, 2016

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