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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Study of outcome of management of MDR-TB cases under programmatic condition in India

1 Department of Microbiology, Malda Medical College, Malda, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Somnath Bhattacharya
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Background: Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis is a grave challenge for tuberculosis control program in India. These patients are treated with standardized 2nd line antitubercular drugs for a period of at least 24 months and are followed up by serial sputum cultures under RNTCP. Aims: This study aims to analyze various outcomes of treatment of MDR-TB patients under DOTS-Plus program and impact of different parameters over the outcome. Materials and Methods: In this retrospective study treatment outcome all the MDR-TB patients who have initiated treatment from concerned DRTB centre over a period of six months, have been taken for analysis, after 30–36 months of starting the therapy. Outcomes are categorized as cured, treatment completed, treatment default, treatment failure, and death as per program guideline. Outcome of different group of patients are compared also. Results: Out of total 71 patients 54 resides in rural area and 52 have low BMI (<18.5). Total 27 (38%) patients are successfully treated. Treatment failure observed in 11 (16%). 20 (28%) patients defaulted. Rural patients have lower success rate (33%) and high default rate (30%). Low BMI patients have poor success (29%). Conclusion: The present study finds a low success rate in comparison to WHO reports from India. Default rate is also found to be high. Majority of patients are from rural area and they have higher default rate compared to urban patients. Patients with low BMI have lower success rate and these patients constitutes about three-fourth of total patients. But as the total number of patients is very small, the significance of this observation cannot be ascertained.

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