Tuberculosis-related deaths without treatment

C. Y. Chiang, J. J. Lee, M. C. Yu, K. J. Bai, T. P. Lin, K. T. Luh

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Of 536 culture-positive tuberculosis (TB) patients notified in 2003 in Taipei, 507 (94.6%) received anti-tuberculosis treatment in reporting health facilities and 29 (5.4%) did not. Of these 29 patients, 26 (89.7%) died, 2 (6.9%) were re-notified 1 year later and 1 (3.5%) was lost to follow-up. In multivariate analysis, patients aged ≥65 years, patients with negative smear or smear not done, patients with sepsis and/or respiratory failure and patients with liver diseases were significantly less likely to receive anti-tuberculosis treatment. Overall, of the 536 TB patients, 97 (18.1%) died, of whom 26 (26.8%) died without anti-tuberculosis treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1563-1565
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • Death
  • Outcome
  • Tuberculosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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