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Co morbids with tuberculosis

Simon Mutembo, Jane N Mutanga, Kebby Musokotwane, Lutangu Alisheke, Christopher C Whalen
BACKGROUND: Co-infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among HIV infected individuals especially in developing countries. Early initiation of cART in these patients when CD4+ T cell count is less than 200cells/mm(3) has reduced disease progression and mortality. However for patients with higher CD4+ T cell counts greater than 350cells/mm(3) evidence is conflicting. In this study we seek to evaluate the effectiveness of cART in reducing mortality among TB-HIV co-infected patients with CD4 + T cells above 350cells/mm(3) at the time of TB diagnosis...
October 17, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Zoë M McLaren, Kathryn Schnippel, Alana Sharp
OBJECTIVE: Identifying those infected with tuberculosis (TB) is an important component of any strategy for reducing TB transmission and population prevalence. The Stop TB Global Partnership recently launched an initiative with a focus on key populations at greater risk for TB infection or poor clinical outcomes, due to housing and working conditions, incarceration, low household income, malnutrition, co-morbidities, exposure to tobacco and silica dust, or barriers to accessing medical care...
2016: PloS One
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Kadar Moideen, Shanmugam Sivakumar, Pradeep A Menon, Vijay Viswanathan, Hardy Kornfeld, Subash Babu
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis-diabetes co-morbidity (TB-DM) is characterized by increased inflammation with elevated circulating levels of inflammatory cytokines and other factors. Circulating angiogenic factors are intricately involved in the angiogenesis-inflammation nexus. METHODS: To study the association of angiogenic factors with TB-DM, we examined the systemic levels of VEGF-A, VEGF-C, VEGF-D, VEGF-R1, VEGF-R2, VEGF-R3 in individuals with either TB-DM (n = 44) or TB alone (n = 44)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Infection
George Sikalengo, Adria Ramirez, Diana Faini, Kim Mwamelo, Manuel Battegay, Levan Jugheli, Christoph Hatz, Klaus Reither, Emilio Letang
BACKGROUND: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis of EPTB is challenging in resource-limited settings due to difficulties in obtaining samples, as well as the paucibacillarity of the specimens. Skeletal tuberculosis accounts for 10-35 % of EPTB cases, with vertebral osteomyelitis (Pott's disease) representing 50 % of the cases. We present two cases of suspected Pott's disease, diagnosed through GeneXpert MTB/RIF assay in urine at a rural Tanzanian hospital...
September 26, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
L Getaz, L Da Silva-Santos, H Wolff, M Vitoria, N Serre-Delcor, J C Lozano-Becerra, F Chappuis, P Albajar-Viñas
A number of infectious diseases amongst travelers and the immigrant populations are a major public health concern. Some have a long incubation period or remain asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic for many years before leading to significant clinical manifestations and/or complications. HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis or latent syphilis are among the most significant persistent diseases in migrants. Schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis, for instance, are persistent helminthic infections that may cause significant morbidity, particularly in patients co-infected with HIV, hepatitis B and C...
October 2016: Revista Española de Sanidad Penitenciaria
C Trigo, P E A A do Brasil, M J M Costa, L de Castro
Occult hepatitis B virus infection (OBI) is characterized by the absence of HBsAg and persistence of the virus genome (HBV-DNA) in liver tissue and/or blood. OBI has been reported in several clinical contexts. However, the clinical significance of OBI in tuberculosis (TB) treatment is unknown. We investigated the OBI prevalence and its impact on the risk of drug-induced liver injury (DILI) during TB treatment. This was a prospective cohort study with one hundred patients who were treated for TB from 2008 to 2015...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
R C Chukwuanukwu, C C Onyenekwe, L Martinez-Pomares, R Flynn, S Singh, G I Amilo, N R Agbakoba, J O Okoye
Tuberculosis (TB) causes significant morbidity and mortality on a global scale. The African region has 24% of the world's TB cases. TB overlaps with other infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV, which are also highly prevalent in the African region. TB is a leading cause of death among HIV-positive patients and co-infection with HIV and TB has been described as a syndemic. In view of the overlapping epidemiology of these diseases, it is important to understand the dynamics of the immune response to TB in the context of co-infection...
August 31, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
P Alvarez, F Genre, M Iglesias, J J Augustin, E Tamayo, J C Escolà-Gil, B Lavín, F Blanco-Vaca, R Merino, J Merino
Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) deficiency promoted an exacerbation of autoimmune arthritis in mice by inducing proinflammatory immune responses. In this study we analysed the contribution of hypercholesterolaemia and/or the absence of ApoE anti-inflammatory properties, unrelated to its function in the control of cholesterol metabolism, towards the acceleration of arthritis in these mutant animals. The induction and severity of collagen type II-induced arthritis (CIA) were compared for B10.RIII wild-type (WT), B10...
August 29, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
V R Gutlapalli, Aparna Sykam, Sandeep P Tenali, Sujai Suneetha, Lavanya M Suneetha
OBJECTIVE: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most frequent opportunistic infections in HIV patients leading to increased morbidity and death rate. This study was carried out to investigate the role of the cytokines IFN-γ and TNF-α level and their single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HIV-TB co-infection. METHODS: 247 HIV-TB (124 HIV-pulmonary TB, 123 HIV-extra pulmonary TB), 126 HIV positive individuals without tuberculosis and 129 healthy subjects (HS) were included to measure plasma levels of IFN-γ and TNF-α by sandwich ELISA and One way ANOVA statistical analysis was carried out among the groups...
August 10, 2016: Human Immunology
Melanie A Gasper, Shameek P Biswas, Bridget S Fisher, Stephanie C Ehnert, David R Sherman, Donald L Sodora
Infections with mycobacteria, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) BCG, are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for HIV-infected persons. In contrast to HIV, nonpathogenic SIV infections of sooty mangabeys are characterized by a lack of clinical disease including an absence of opportunistic infections. The goal of this study was to identify innate immune responses to M. bovis BCG maintained during nonpathogenic lentiviral infections through a comparison of functional responses during pathogenic HIV or nonpathogenic SIV infections...
2016: PloS One
K Venugopal Menon, Tamer Malak Moawad Sorour
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and characteristics of spontaneous spondylodiscitis in the Middle East is unknown. There seems to be an emerging dominance of pyogenic infections over Tuberculosis and Brucellosis. METHODS: Retrospective observational study based on electronic case records of 4 years from a tertiary reference facility in Oman. Case records, microbiology reports, blood reports, imaging studies, histopathology and surgical reports of all spinal infection cases were studied...
August 2, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Faheem Seedat, Neil A Martinson, Katlego Motlhaoleng, Pattamukkil Abraham, Dalu Mancama, Saraladevi Naicker, Ebrahim Variava
OBJECTIVE: There are limited data describing acute kidney injury (AKI) in HIV-infected adult patients in resource-limited settings where tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), which is potentially nephrotoxic, is increasingly prescribed. We describe risk factors for, and prognosis of AKI in HIV-infected individuals, which is stratified by those receiving and naïve to TDF. METHODS: A prospective case cohort study of hospitalized HIV-infected adults with AKI stratified by TDF exposure...
August 1, 2016: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Rajat Chopra, Rama Bhatt, S K Biswas, R Bhalla
Skeletal tuberculosis is an important component of extra-pulmonary tuberculosis. It can lead to substantial morbidity and poses serious occupational and economic problem. We conducted a study in an urban District Tuberculosis Centre (DTC) to assess the burden and distribution of skeletal tuberculosis in the community. Our centre was catering to a population of 6-7 lakhs between 2007 and 2012. During this period, we treated 11,274 cases of tuberculosis. Out of these, 3086 (27.3%) were cases of extrapulmonary tuberculosis and 219 (1...
April 2016: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Ernesha Webb Mazinyo, Lindsay Kim, Sikhethiwe Masuku, Joey L Lancaster, Ronel Odendaal, Margot Uys, Laura Jean Podewils, Martie L Van der Walt
BACKGROUND: Adherence to tuberculosis (TB) treatment and antiretroviral therapy (ART) reduces morbidity and mortality among persons co-infected with TB/HIV. We measured adherence and determined factors associated with non-adherence to concurrent TB treatment and ART among co-infected persons in two provinces in South Africa. METHODS: A convenience sample of 35 clinics providing integrated TB/HIV care was included due to financial and logistic considerations. Retrospective chart reviews were conducted among persons who received concurrent TB treatment and ART and who had a TB treatment outcome recorded during 1 January 2008-31 December 2010...
2016: PloS One
Vishal Sharma, Sanjeev Bhagat, Bhimsain Verma, Ravinder Singh, Surinderpal Singh
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of multidrug resistant tuberculosis is increasing in developing countries. Aminoglycosides are an integral part of second-line drugs, however ototoxicity is a major limitation for their use. This study aims to determine the extent of hearing loss in patients taking one of the commonly prescribed drugs for Multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), Kanamycin, at a Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab, India, which is a 1200 bed tertiary care hospital...
May 2016: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Roger K Verbeeck, Gunar Günther, Dan Kibuule, Christian Hunter, Tim W Rennie
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the world's deadliest communicable diseases. Although cure rates of the standard four-drug (rifampicin, isoniazid, pyrazinamide, ethambutol) treatment schedule can be as high as 95-98 % under clinical trial conditions, success rates may be much lower in less well resourced countries. Unsuccessful treatment with these first-line anti-TB drugs may lead to the development of multidrug resistant and extensively drug resistant TB. The intrinsic interindividual variability in the pharmacokinetics (PK) of the first-line anti-TB drugs is further exacerbated by co-morbidities such as HIV infection and diabetes...
August 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Ljiljana Simonovska, Irfan Ahmeti, Vladimir Mitreski
BACKGROUND: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with evidence of systemic oxidative stress, activation of circulating inflammatory cells and increased plasma level of proinflamatory cytokines which include C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP is one biomarker of extrapulmonary or systemic consequences of COPD that can be detected. AIM: The aim of this research is to determine whether the level of CRP statistically significantly correlates with the level of bronchial obstruction and the accompanying co-morbidities in patients with COPD...
June 15, 2015: Open Access Maced J Med Sci
Jules Kehbila, Cyril Jabea Ekabe, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde, Jean Jacques N Noubiap, Peter Nde Fon, Gottlieb Lobe Monekosso
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global health challenge and depression is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Current evidence suggests that there is an association between depressive symptoms and TB, lower adherence to treatment, and increased morbidity and mortality. However, there is paucity of data regarding these associations in Cameroon. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and correlates of depression in adult patients with pulmonary TB (PTB) in the Southwest Region of Cameroon...
2016: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
A Sharma, H S Chhabra, T Chabra, R Mahajan, S Batra, G Sangondimath
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to study demographics of tuberculosis of spine and analyze factors that might affect neurological improvement in such patients. METHODS: Of the 638 suspected cases of spinal tuberculosis, 312 cases with confirmed diagnosis with at least 1-year follow-up were selected for retrospective analysis. Two hundred cases who presented with neurological deficit were further divided into three groups-completely improved, partially improved and no improvement according to American Spinal Injury Association impairment scale (AIS) grading...
May 31, 2016: Spinal Cord
Xiao-Chun Shi, Li-Fan Zhang, Yue-Qiu Zhang, Xiao-Qing Liu, Gui-Jun Fei
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) remains a worldwide problem. Intestinal TB (ITB) constitutes a major public health problem in developing countries and has been associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to characterize the clinical, radiological, endoscopic, and pathological features of ITB and to define the strategy for establishing the diagnosis. METHODS: A retrospective study (from January 2000 to June 2015) was carried out in Peking Union Medical College Hospital and all hospitalized cases were diagnosed as ITB during the study period were included...
June 5, 2016: Chinese Medical Journal
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