Determination of Sites Involved, HIV Co–Infection & Utility of Diagnostic Modalities in EPTB
Dr. Aruna Shanmuganathan,
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Background: Tuberculosis remains a major global public health problem and an on-going epidemic. Though the chief objectives of the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) in detecting and curing the infectious pulmonary cases is well taken, there has been a steady rise in the number of Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis (EPTB) cases as documented in several studies. EPTB which usually constitutes around 15%-20% of the total TB cases is now being increasingly reported due to a combination of better diagnostic facilities, and the HIV pandemic. Though several studies have shown increasing prevalence of EPTB, only few studies are available, especially in the Indian scenario, that study the pattern and risk factors. Hence, this retrospective observational study was undertaken to determine the sites of the involvement, HIV co-infection and usefulness of various diagnostic modalities in EPTB affecting patients attending a medical college DOTS clinic.
Material and Methods: 110 EPTB patients referred to the DOTS clinics of the TB & Chest department from the period Dec 2010â€“ Mar 2012 were included in the study. The diagnosis of EPTB was established by combined clinical, microbiological, histopathological &/or imaging modalities. Their medical records were assessed to determine the age distribution, gender and anatomical sites of involvement. The presence of co-morbid conditions like smoking history, alcoholism, diabetic and HIV status were noted. BCG status and Mantoux test readings were recorded. The different diagnostic tests used in confirming EPTB at different sites were recorded. Chest x-ray was analysed for all patients to assess coexisting pulmonary involvement. All patients were followed to assess the outcome of treatment.
Results: The mean age of patients was 34.4. The male to female ratio was 58:52 showing a slight male predominance. The most common site of involvement was lymph node followed by pleural effusion and abdominal TB. The prevalence of lymph node TB was noted to be higher in female patients as compared to other sites of EPTB. Mantoux test was positive in 57 (51.8%) patients. HIV co-infection was noted in only 3 (2.7%) patients. Concomitant pulmonary involvement was seen in 19 (17.3%) patients.
Conclusions: Lymph node was the most common site involvement showing a significant female preponderance followed by pleural effusion and abdominal TB. The rates of HIV co-infection and diabetes mellitus were 2.7% and 20% respectively. The most useful diagnostic modality was tissue sampling followed by imaging. Mantoux test is not unequivocal for the diagnosis of EPTB.