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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 105, No. 6, 2010, pp. 838-841
Bioline Code: oc10142
Full paper language: English
Document type: Short Communication
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 105, No. 6, 2010, pp. 838-841

 en High prevalence of drug-resistant tuberculosis and other mycobacteria among HIV-infected patients in Brazil: a systematic review
Bammann, Ricardo H.; Zamarioli, Liliana A.; Pinto, Valdir S.; Vázquez, Carla M.P.; Litvoc, Marcelo N.; Klautau, Giselle B.; de Melo, Fernando A. Fiúza; Cavalcante, Nilton J. & Ferrazoli, Lucilaine


There is a little-noticed trend involving human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients suspected of having tuberculosis: the triple-treatment regimen recommended in Brazil for years has been potentially ineffective in over 30% of the cases. This proportion may be attributable to drug resistance (to at least 1 drug) and/or to infection with non-tuberculous mycobacteria. This evidence was not disclosed in official statistics, but arose from a systematic review of a few regional studies in which the diagnosis was reliably confirmed by mycobacterial culture. This paper clarifies that there has long been ample evidence for the potential benefits of a four-drug regimen for co-infected patients in Brazil and it reinforces the need for determining the species and drug susceptibility in all positive cultures from HIV-positive patients.

acquired immunodeficiency syndrome - tuberculosis - drug-resistant - mycobacterial - atypical - Brazil

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